As first announced by Pressure Technologies plc in its interim results on 15 June 2021, subsidiary Chesterfield Special Cylinders has secured the first order under a five-year framework agreement with Shell. This is to supply high-pressure storage for their hydrogen refuelling station in Emmen, Netherlands.
The Emmen refuelling station will be operational in mid-2022. It is part of Shell’s wider plan for hydrogen refuelling infrastructure. This will support the growth of zero-emission public transport and commercial vehicle networks in the region.
Sheffield-based Chesterfield Special Cylinders developed the hydrogen storage solution for Shell. The design incorporates an optimised Type 1 steel cylinder that meets demanding international standards and allows modular expansion to meet future demand. Storage has also been configured to enable cost-effective in-situ inspection and recertification with maximum availability. Chesterfield’s Integrity Management services will supply this.
Chris Walters, Chief Executive of Pressure Technologies, commented: “We are delighted to receive this first order from Shell under the five-year framework agreement announced in June 2020, as we continue to make strong progress in the fast-developing hydrogen energy market.”
“The design, manufacture and maintenance of systems for pressurised hydrogen storage requires specialist knowledge and expertise. Working closely with Shell, the Chesterfield Special Cylinders’ team has developed a safe and cost-effective modular design. The design combines our technical and operational experience in hydrogen storage built over many years.”
“We are looking forward to supporting Shell further with their plans for hydrogen infrastructure and clean energy transport across Europe.”