Artelia UK is working with Shell and ITM Power, which manufactures integrated hydrogen energy solutions, to deliver some of the first hydrogen refuelling stations (HRS) in the UK. The new stations are part of an EU-wide initiative to put in place a hydrogen infrastructure network to encourage use of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (HFCEV).
Working as landlord’s agent, we supported Shell to launch its first UK HRS at Cobham service station on the M25, the first of three planned sites in the UK. Cobham Services is one of the UK’s busiest refuelling stops so a core challenge was to keep the forecourt fully operational throughout the works, particularly during the laying of electric cables across the exit road. Artelia accredited ITM to work on a Shell forecourt, issuing permits to work and overseeing stakeholder relationships between consultants, contractors, Highways Agency and the motorway services operator. We were on site to ensure safety during the complex lift and installation of the electrolyser, buffer tank and hydrogen dispenser and conducted a pre-start safety audit prior to public use of the equipment.
At Shell Beaconsfield and Shell Gatwick North we are contracted directly with ITM to project manage the civils works required for the hydrogen equipment. The Beaconsfield station is the first HRS in the UK to be integrated into the existing fuel forecourt, with the hydrogen dispenser located under the main fuel forecourt canopy requiring rigorous safety and traffic management.
Artelia is delighted to be supporting Shell as part of the solution working towards transport decarbonisation.