Pensana partnership

Pensana partnership has potential to bring magnet metal facility

Pensana is pleased to announce that, at an on-site event on Friday, the 17th of November, Pensana and The Yorkshire Energy Park (“YEP”)signed a letter of intent for the site of a future permanent magnet metal facility within the park.

The YEP is located adjacent to the Saltend End Chemicals Park in the Humber Freeport UK. By 2030 the UK is expected to have transitioned from being a major European producer of internal combustion engines to being a world leader in the manufacture of electric drive units. Without a secure magnet metal supply chain, this transition is under threat.

As part of its plans to establish an independent supply chain for magnet metals, Pensana is currently undertaking studies into the conversion of rare earth oxides into magnet metals using electric furnaces powered by offshore wind.

The letter of intent with YEP covers the proposed site as well as the supply of zero carbon electricity and a range of bespoke facilities for the processing of rare earths in magnet metals, R&D and supply chain activities.

The event was also attended by the Vice Chancellor of Lincoln University, which is working with Pensana and YEP to create a regional specialised centre of engineering excellence, training and higher education on YEP
for the Humber region.

Paul Atherley, Pensana Chairman, commented: ”The partnership between YEP and Pensana is part of a broader study being undertaken to demonstrate how the UK can draw on its chemical engineering heritage and by connecting to offshore wind to create resilient supply chains to support the UK’s automotive sector in its transition from a major producer of internal combustion engines to be a world leader in the manufacture of electric drive units.”

Chris Turner, YEP Chairman, commented: “We welcome the opportunity to deepen our collaboration with Pensana and the University of Lincoln on this nationally significant project. It represents another milestone for YEP and the Humber Freeport in delivering a zero carbon/advanced technology industrial cluster on the Humber.”

Professor Neal Juster, Vice Chancellor of University of Lincoln commented: “This collaboration not only propels opportunities for the growth of research, development, and supply chain activities, but also sets a new standard for sustainable energy practices. Together with our esteemed partners, we are pleased to play a part in shaping a future in which the Yorkshire Energy Park stands as a 2 beacon of excellence in engineering, training, and higher education for the entire Humber region, bringing economic benefit as well as supporting our Net-Zero goals.”

The information contained within this announcement is considered by the Company to constitute inside information as stipulated under the Market Abuse Regulations (EU) No.596/2014.Upon the publication ofthis announcement via a Regulatory Information Service, this inside information will be considered to be in the public domain. The person responsible for arranging for the release of this announcement on behalf of the Company is Paul Atherley, Chairman.

Children play football on a grassy field

Yorkshire Energy Park awards £20,000 in grants to the community

Yorkshire Energy Park (YEP) has awarded £20,000 of grants in the first round of its Community Fund to support local community groups and charity operations in South West Holderness.

15 organisations from the local area have benefitted from funding for projects, ranging from schools and sports groups to Brownies and the Royal British Legion.

The grants will go towards helping several valuable local projects, including supporting St Augustine’s Pantry food bank in Hedon, providing activities for children at Paull Primary School, and helping Preston United AFC and Thorngumbald Barrons to continue their work in providing sports activities for local people.

Sue Pulko of St Augustine’s Pantry in Hedon said:

“St Augustine’s Pantry was set up in 2020 by the church to reduce the financial pressure on those who are struggling for money, and help improve their sense of self-worth. We help around 25-30 families each week, providing donated food and household goods. Since the start of the year and the rising cost of living, we’ve seen more and more people coming to us for help. The funding we’ve received from the Yorkshire Energy Park Community Fund will enable us to continue helping local families in their time of need.”

Project Director of Yorkshire Energy Park, Andrew Reynolds, said:

“We’re delighted to be part of the local community in South West Holderness, and to be able to support many organisations that make a huge difference to the local area.

“We were bowled over by the number of high quality applications and the decisions around which groups to support were tough.

“As we look forward to the development of Yorkshire Energy Park, we’ll continue with our commitments to support the region by creating jobs, supporting education and skills development and giving back to the local community.”

The Yorkshire Energy Park Community Fund will consider applications from projects that:

  • Promote green living and create better environments, such as community planting projects or nature trails.
  • Inspire people to learn and undertake training, such as free training courses or advice sessions for residents.
  • Improve the local community, such as community events, support for local sports teams or groups, or encouraging volunteering.

Administered by longstanding local charity Hull CVS, the fund made grants of £500 to £5000 available to groups operating within the South West Holderness Ward of East Riding of Yorkshire Council. An independent panel of local people, including councillors and volunteers at local community groups, decided which local groups would benefit from the scheme.

Yorkshire Energy Park, which is currently under development, will be a UK energy and technology business park, located near Preston. It will deliver renewable energy, battery storage and state-of-the-art digital infrastructure, plus space for research and development.

Kersty Smith of Hull CVS, who has been administering the fund, said:

“We’re delighted to be involved with the management of the Community Fund on behalf of the Yorkshire Energy Park. The fund ensures that voluntary groups in the South West Holderness area are able to deliver vital work in the community and help to make the area a better place to live, work and visit.

“The full grant allocation has now been dispersed following a hugely successful launch, and we’ll be opening up for more applications from April 2024. We’d love to see as many groups as possible apply so they can continue to delivery great projects and activities across the ward.

“We’d recommend that groups wanting to sign up for this and other funding in the South West Holderness area register on the East Riding 4 Community website for updates on when more grants will be available.”

The full list of companies awarded grants include:

  • Preston Brownies
  • Hedon Guides
  • Preston Ladies & Girls
  • Friends of Hedon School
  • Friends of Paull Primary
  • Friends of Inmans School
  • Hedon Museum
  • Preston AFC
  • Preston Village Community Group
  • Royal British Legion Hedon
  • St Augustine’s Pantry
  • Thorngumbald Barrons
  • Thorngumbald Pre School
  • Friends of Thorngumbald School
  • Hedon Methodist Church

Yorkshire Energy Park will be a UK freeport energy and technology business park, located within the Humber Freeport, close to the UK’s busiest port complex and planned hydrogen infrastructure as part of the H2H project. Providing resilient, clean energy for its occupiers, alongside data resilience and superfast broadband, Yorkshire Energy Park is a compelling offer and one that has attracted significant interest from both funders and occupiers, nationally and internationally.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s Planning Committee voted in favour of granting planning permission for the scheme on 14 November 2019 on the basis of significant economic, social and environmental benefits, listed below:

  • £200m investment into the Humber region over an estimated 10 year development period
  • Circa 4,480 new jobs (construction, direct and indirect)
  • Inward investment from the energy, data, technology and manufacturing sectors
  • Business incubator space for start-ups and SMEs
  • An education campus with space for research and development, to train and develop the next generation of business leaders and professionals
  • New sports facilities for the whole community
  • 45 hectares of protected wildlife zone on site, providing improved habitat for protected species, approved by Natural England
  • A further 89 hectares of protected land off site at Thorn Marsh for wintering bird species which secured planning consent on 14 November 2019
  • Improved highways infrastructure in and around the site to open up this site and other economic development opportunities in the area around the Port, agreed with National Highways (formerly Highways England)
  • A regional flood solution, approved by the Environment Agency
Business people at a roundtable event

UK net zero champion visits Humber

The opportunity for the Humber to become a blueprint for whole-region decarbonisation has been discussed at a roundtable featuring UK net zero champion Chris Skidmore MP.

The former Energy Minister, responsible for signing the UK’s net zero commitment into law, visited the region to hear about the progress that has been made to decarbonise industry and transition to a low carbon economy.

The discussion, which took place at Hull’s Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI), focused on the opportunities and challenges facing the Humber region, its businesses and its people.

It highlighted the importance of focusing on whole-region decarbonisation, supporting small and medium-sized businesses on their net zero journey and ensuring the Humber has the skilled workforce and talent to achieve ambitious targets set by government.

Engaging the public and driving behavioural change was also at the heart of the conversation, as it was acknowledged many people remain unsure on the action they can take to play their part.

The session was chaired by Dr Diana Taylor, Managing Director of place promotion organisation Future Humber, and featured senior figures from leading companies and organisations including Siemens Gamesa, Humber Freeport, Reckitt, Smith+Nephew, Hull City Council and Sewell Group.

Dr Taylor said: “It’s vitally important that, when we talk about net zero, we focus on the region as a whole. We often focus the conversation on big industry, knowing the scale of opportunity that arises for the Humber through industrial decarbonisation, however the net zero transition is something which every business, organisation and person must embark on.

“We have a unique opportunity in the Humber to create a roadmap for whole-place decarbonisation, which can act as a blueprint for both the UK and Europe.

“It was a pleasure to welcome Chris Skidmore back to the region for a discussion around the immense progress made by businesses and organisations across the Humber, and also the challenges facing many on their decarbonisation journey.”

Central to the roundtable discussion was the Humber’s unique position – both geographically and economically – as a global trade gateway, a world-leading centre for renewable energy and a hub for digital innovation.

The strength of collaboration between the public and private sectors was highlighted, as well as a shared commitment from business and industry to reduce their carbon footprint.

With the region clustered around the UK’s busiest port complex, the Humber handles around 17 per cent of the nation’s trade.

The Humber Freeport, which recently formed its board, strengthens that offering and can act as a major catalyst for future investment around net zero.

Simon Green, Humber Freeport Interim CEO, joined the roundtable event at C4DI.

He said: “Within Humber Freeport we’ve got three clear workstreams – decarbonisation, skills and innovation.

“When it comes to net zero and reducing carbon emissions, clearly all three of those streams overlap and interlink. It is when you combine all of those areas that the really exciting developments and opportunities start to happen.

“My message to Government is this … let’s work more closely together to enhance our relationship and unlock all of the benefits this region offers.

“We produce 15 million tonnes of carbon every year in the Humber – it is the second-largest emitter of carbon in Europe. Put simply, if the Humber region does not achieve net zero, then the UK will not either.”

The roundtable discussion featured:

  • Chris Skidmore MP, Chair of the Net Zero Review
  • Dr Diana Taylor, Managing Director, Future Humber
  • Simon Green, CEO, Humber Freeport
  • Cllr Mike Ross, Leader, Hull City Council
  • Martin Budd, Climate Change Manager, Hull City Council
  • Paul Andrews, Director of Global Energy, Smith+Nephew
  • Andy Sykes, Plant Director, Siemens Gamesa
  • Jo Barnes, Managing Director, Sewell Estates
  • David Lewy, Director of Government Relations (UK), Reckitt

Sewell Estates is part of Hull-based multi-disciplinary company Sewell Group, an investor in the £200m Yorkshire Energy Park, and Jo Barnes highlighted the challenges facing the development due to National Grid connections.

She said: “Once operational, Yorkshire Energy Park will generate far more power than it will consume. That is energy which could go directly into other local industry and help to feed the grid, as well as creating many quality, highly-skilled new jobs on site.

“We have got significant interest in Yorkshire Energy Park, but we have had to work hard to remove barriers to development over the last seven years, including securing our grid connection and dealing with off-site infrastructure.

“These issues are common to many development sites in our area and I do worry that the timelines involved in resolving these issues could stymie the wider potential of our region.

“UK Plc cannot afford to turn down global investment.”

Chris Skidmore MP was commissioned in autumn 2022 to Chair an independent review into the Government’s approach to achieving net zero status by 2050.

The report was published in March, and set out the progress which has already been made in the UK and plans for further policy to support business and industry in achieving net zero.

Speaking at the roundtable event in Hull, Mr Skidmore MP said: “Having been responsible for the UK’s net zero commitment signed into law four years ago this week, I am constantly struck by how businesses and industry recognise that this is a unique economic opportunity to deliver regeneration, new jobs and growth in their region.

“This is especially the case for the Humber region, which has long been the shining example of how renewable industries can transform local economies. Hull has a fantastic vision for a net zero future, that demonstrates how if we can empower regions to get on with the job, they will deliver.

“I was incredibly impressed both by the commitment of the businesses I met, but also the detail of the plans that the Humber region has.

“I am grateful to Future Humber and Reckitt for giving me the opportunity to visit on my Net Zero Tour I’m continuing as part of my Mission Zero report engagement across the country.”

The session was facilitated by Future Humber, whose powerful Bondholder network spans both public and private sectors.

Yorkshire Energy Park launch new community fund

Yorkshire Energy Park (YEP) has launched a new £20,000 per year Community Fund, aimed at supporting local community groups and charities operating in South West Holderness. Administered by longstanding local charity Hull CVS, the fund will make available grants of between £500 to £5,000 to groups operating within the South West Holderness Ward of East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Yorkshire Energy Park Community Fund will consider applications for projects that:
• Promote greener living and create better environments, such as community planting projects or nature trails.
• Inspire people to learn and undertake training, such as free training courses or advice sessions for residents.
• Improve the local community, such as community events, support for local sport teams or groups or encouraging volunteering.

Community organisations within (or operating within the South Holderness Ward) could apply for the first round of funding from 30th March 2023 until the 30th April 2023. Additional rounds will open later in the year subject to funds still being available.

Project Director of the Yorkshire Energy Park, Andrew Reynolds, said: “We are proud to be part of the local community in South West Holderness.

“The launch of the Yorkshire Energy Park Community Fund demonstrates our ongoing commitment to that thriving community, while we continue to push forward the development of the Energy Park itself.

“We are excited by the opportunity to help community groups continue their vital work amid ever increasing pressures and challenges. We would encourage local groups to come along to the launch event to learn more about YEP, the Community Fund and how we can work together.”

Matthew Wright, Head of Community Development at Hull CVS said: “This is an exciting opportunity for not for profit groups operating in the South West Holderness area to access funding to support local delivery. I am delighted that we’ll be able to support groups in accessing these funds that improve the environment, offer opportunities to learn and events or activity that bring local people together.”

The application window is closed at the moment and grants for 2023 have already been awarded. We’ll announce new dates for applications soon.

Yorkshire Energy Park team inspire next generation

The Yorkshire Energy Park team have joined forces with UKSTEM to roll out an education programme across the region to inspire students about the next generation of green skills coming to the Humber.

The team have visited several schools in Hull and the East Riding to tell them about the £200m Yorkshire Energy Park development and jobs that will be created in the years to come.

UKSTEM, a national organisation that aims to engage students in science, technology, engineering and maths by running workshops alongside industry, joined the team to talk about the onset of hydrogen as a renewable energy source and ran a session with students to build a hydrogen fuelled car.

Cameron Wood, Consultant at Shared Agenda, who is working on the Yorkshire Energy Park project said:

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Humber, with more jobs being created in renewable industries and we wanted to take the opportunity to work with local schools to inspire the next generation about future careers they could consider.

“As the team behind the Yorkshire Energy Park project and a local business ourselves, it’s incredibly important for us to bring local people and students on this journey with us. Work is due to start on site later this year and we want to help people understand what’s coming and what fantastic news this is for the region.”

Julia Lovel, Lead Practitioner from Holderness Academy & Sixth Form College, said:

“The team gave our students a fantastic learning experience. It was a privilege to see them having the opportunity to build a hydrogen fuelled car and rising to the metacognitive challenges of the task with, in some cases, such fierce competitive drive!

“They enjoyed a remarkable experience that they will go home and talk about and recall in future years.”

Mike Cargill, Managing Director of UKSTEM, added:

“It was great to see the students engage with the workshop so much. Not only did they enjoy creating the cars and racing them, but it gave us the opportunity to speak to them about the wider hydrogen economy and how sustainable energy is going to be such a huge part of their future and how they can be a part of that, particularly with being located in the proposed Humber Freeport.”

Once completed, Yorkshire Energy Park has the potential to create around 4,480 jobs, upskill local workers, create state-of-the-art community sports facilities and an educational campus in conjunction with the University of Lincoln. The project will attract investment in the energy, data, technology and manufacturing sectors to an area that has an abundance of skills and experience in these industries already. Combine all of this with YEP’s location within the East Coast Carbon Capture and Storage Cluster and the proximity to the UK’s “Energy Estuary”, and it is clear that YEP will play an important role in boosting jobs and investments in the region.

Yorkshire Energy Park clearance works

As part of the ongoing maintenance of the Yorkshire Energy Park site, further clearance works will be undertaken in February, starting on Tuesday 14th February and lasting around two weeks in total, with intermittent activity on site. All works are expected to be completed by Friday 3rd March.

These works are to carefully clear vegetation, in line with the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, to provide access to upgrade and install new stock proof fencing later in the year. The works will be overseen by an independent ecologist to ensure best practices are followed by contractors. Most activity will take place in the north west of the site, particularly around the site boundary – as seen on the map below.

Clearance work zones shown in yellow on the map.

All works will be undertaken in daytime hours using approved local contractors, with noise and traffic impacts kept to a minimum. Fencing and ecological works are planned to start in Summer 2023, prior to which local residents will be consulted.

If you have any queries about the works on site, please contact hello@yorkshire-energy-park.co.uk or 01482701251 where a member of the development team will be able to provide more detail.

Council Green Lights series of Yorkshire Energy Park applications

The proposed Yorkshire Energy Park (YEP) has moved one step closer to construction after securing planning permission from East Riding of Yorkshire Council for a series of detailed planning applications.

• Yorkshire Energy Park (YEP) will bring £200m of investment and around 4,480 jobs to the region
• YEP secured outline planning permission in late 2020 and has now received planning permission from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) for three applications which will bring forward the detail of initial Phases
• This first phase of applications will enable YEP to establish the onsite ecological mitigation zone and then host an energy centre in partnership with Vital Energi and a data centre. Future phases will bring forward further industry, sports facilities and an educational campus with the University of Lincoln.

Earlier this month, the Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved a Section 73 application, which details minor amendments to the outline planning consent granted in 2020. Last week, Council officers approved two Reserved Matters Applications (RMA). The first providing detail on the construction of a 13.5MW energy centre provided by Vital Energi; a 240-rack data centre; and a new access road including associated drainage infrastructure and landscaping. The second RMA brought forward the detail of an onsite Ecological Mitigation Zone (EMZ) earmarking nearly half of the site as a green space.

These applications will deliver domestic, secure energy generation here in the Humber, protect and enhance our green space and implement new technology for energy production which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40%.

Located on land owned by our partners, Hull City Council, YEP will be a leading energy and technology business park, strategically positioned on the north bank of the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’ and in one of the Humber Freeport’s proposed tax sites.

Once completed, the park has the potential to create around 4,480 jobs, upskill local workers, create state-of-the-art community sports facilities and an educational campus in conjunction with the University of Lincoln. The project will attract investment in the energy, data, technology and manufacturing sectors to an area that has an abundance of skills and experience in these industries already. Combine all of this with YEP’s location within the East Coast Carbon Capture and Storage Cluster and the proximity to the UK’s “Energy Estuary”, and it is clear that YEP will play an important role in boosting jobs and investments in the region.

Jo Barnes, Director of Yorkshire Energy Park, said:

“We are pleased that the Committee has approved these applications that build on the outline consent YEP already has, taking us a step closer to delivering a state-of-the-art energy and technology business park adjacent to the port and within the proposed freeport tax zone.

We are excited by the potential of Yorkshire Energy Park to bring new investment and jobs to the region and to support our local communities through our partnerships with the University of Lincoln and Vital Energi. Our work with key stakeholders in the South Holderness area has been building over the last few years as we are determined to bring forward something that our local community can be proud of.

We are also committed to putting Yorkshire Energy Park at the heart of the UK’s “Energy Estuary” and these applications are the next part of that journey. We will continue to work closely with the Council and local community to deliver the next phases of YEP.”

Cllr Jonathan Owen, Leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council said:
“This is an exciting next step for an ambitious long-term project that will bring potentially transformative benefits to East Riding and the wider region in terms of jobs and investment.

We look forward to seeing the project progress and their exciting emerging partnerships developing with Vital Energi and the University of Lincoln, which will create opportunities for local businesses and communities to thrive.”

Cllr Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council said:
“The Yorkshire Energy Park has great potential for the local area and as the landowners the council welcomes the recent planning consents.

This project represents a unique opportunity to build on the region’s emerging green credentials and create a world class energy hub on our doorstep. The Council’s partnership with YEP is a further demonstration of the commitment to tackling climate change and embedding sustainability at the heart of what the authority does.”

Yorkshire Energy Park Planned Works Update

As part of the ongoing Yorkshire Energy Park site investigation works, we wish to inform you of some planned works taking place over the next few months.

Initial works started on 30 August 2022, lasting around two weeks in total with intermittent site activity.

These works were to drill four separate bore holes to install hydrological and rainfall monitoring equipment so we can gather baseline data on ground level wetland conditions. Ahead of the works, temporary fences were installed to ensure safety of contractors on site from cattle that currently graze the land.

Now complete, stock proof post and rail fences have been installed around the equipment and will remain in place for a minimum of one year.

The borehole locations have been positioned to remain a considerable distance away from the known gas pipelines and their respective easements. The positions have specifically been located c. 50 m from these areas to avoid any potential conflicts and disturbances that the drilling activities may cause.

All borehole locations will be assessed for the presence of underground utilities, including the known pipelines, by a specialist utilities clearance contractor prior to the commencement of breaking ground.

Additional works will start on Monday 17 October to dig a series of trenches within the Phase One area. Archaeologists will be checking the ground prior to us starting any work next year. They’re expecting to be on site for two to three weeks.

Furthermore, all existing asset owners have been informed of the works that will be taking place on site.

If you have any queries about the works on site, please contact hello@yorkshire-energy-park.co.uk where a member of the development team will be able to provide more detail.

Planning application submitted for energy centre and data centre

Following the approval of outline planning permission in late 2020 and a series of recent public consultation events, the Yorkshire Energy Park team have submitted more detailed plans for Phase 1 of the development to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

The Reserved Matters Application (RMA) provides more detail on the first part of phase 1 of the project and includes the energy centre and data centre, plus a new access road from Staithes Road, associated drainage infrastructure and landscaping.

Energy Centre

The energy centre will provide low cost, resilient power to onsite occupiers utilising a gas fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant that can be scaled up as the demand increases.

Whilst initially the energy centre will utilise natural gas, the technology is being developed to easily enable a transition to hydrogen in the future as part of the park’s journey to net zero carbon.

The energy centre is being designed to include renewable technology such as photovoltaic (solar) panels and the ability to include small scale battery storage. The centre also includes an education area to support skills development.


Above: Energy centre artist’s impression
Maximum building height 14.925m; that’s the height of almost three and a half double decker buses. The tallest part of the energy centre is the flue (or chimney) which will be at a height of 24.1m.

Data Centre

The data centre will be the region’s first tier 3 data centre and will house a data hall, office space and support space that will run 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The initial build will create the home for approximately 240 racks and it has been designed to allow expansion of up to 600 racks over time.

Currently the larger organisations in our area (universities, schools, councils and large companies) are provided their data storage needs from large data centres in Leeds and beyond. This centre is intended to provide these needs locally, as well as to meet the demand for moving internet content to a local base, rather than international, which will help to increase speeds.

Above: Data centre artist’s impression
The data centre is a two-storey building, with a maximum eaves height of 9.1m; that’s the height of just over two double decker buses

Full plans can be viewed on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s planning portal here.  There will be several different applications listed which form part of the project.