A large-scale offshore wind-powered green hydrogen facility could be built in Orkney, UK, if a proposal from the Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL) consortium receives the necessary approvals.
The consortium of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG) is studying the use of offshore wind energy to boost industrial-scale green hydrogen production on the island of Flotta.
in Orkney, Scotland.
The OWPL consortium has submitted a proposal to Crown Estate Scotland’s (ScotWind) offshore wind lease round to develop the N1 plan option area west of Orkney. If successful, his proposal, called the West of Orkney Windfarm, could deliver renewable energy to a green.
Hydrogen production plant at the Flotta Terminal.
OWPL is developing plans to power the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub in partnership with the owner of Flotta Terminal, Repsol Sinopec, and Uniper, an international energy company and pioneer in the field of hydrogen. The proposal also has local support from EMEC Hydrogen, which has spearheaded Orkney’s leadership position in green hydrogen production, the consortium said.
“We believe green hydrogen could provide a critical alternative route to market for some of Scotland’s largest offshore wind projects and play an important role in creating broader economic benefits as the North Sea undergoes its energy transition. We look forward to working with Flotta partners to further develop this proposal, ”he said. Edward Northam, Director of Green Investment Group Europe.
“TotalEnergies believes in the potential of renewable offshore wind energy to produce green hydrogen, helping our companies meet their carbon neutral ambition. With our proposed West of Orkney wind farm, there is an opportunity to create one of the world’s first green hydrogen plants in Orkney. It’s an exciting plan and we look forward to working on it with our partners and Orkney stakeholders. ” Julien pouget, Senior Vice President of Renewables, TotalEnergies.
“Flotta is an ideal place for the production of green hydrogen: it is surrounded by the best wind resource in Europe, it is close to the main transport routes within the vast natural harbor of Scapa Flow. It is the right time to maximize the incredible natural assets and geography of the
Flow and Orkney to ensure a long-term sustainable and climate-friendly future for our communities, ”he said James stockan, Leader of the Orkney Council.
“The Flotta Hydrogen Hub is an exciting concept, with the potential to deliver green hydrogen for domestic and export markets. We now await the outcome of ScotWind’s offshore wind lease round, in anticipation that the proposal can be realized. “said Dr. Axel wietfeld, CEO of Uniper Hydrogen.
“We fully support our industry’s transition to clean and green energy and a secure future for skilled oil and gas workers in Scotland and across the UK. We have a strategic roadmap, endorsed by our shareholders and aligned with each of their strategic ambitions, including the energy transition ”. said José Luis Muñoz, CEO of Repsol Sinopec.
“The Flotta Terminal has been in operation since 1976 and has made a significant contribution to the Orkney economy and communities for more than 40 years. This project would allow the terminal to progressively transform over time into a diversified energy hub where conventional oil and gas operations continue, coexisting alongside the development of a long-term sustainable green future for the facility.
“Reusing Flotta will require the support of local stakeholders, retention and upgrading of the skills of the current workforce, as well as the creation of long-term skilled jobs during construction and hydrogen operations.”
Neil Kermode, Managing Director of EMEC said: “For this project to move forward, a number of vital elements will need to fall into place, including a market for green hydrogen. We are pleased to collaborate with our offshore wind partners in pursuit of this goal and are already in discussions with the Scottish and UK governments to explore the mechanisms needed to make this vision a reality. “