ScotWind consortium proposes Orkney hydrogen hub

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October 12 (Renewables Now) - The consortium of Macquarie Group Ltd’s (ASX:MQG) Green Investment Group (GIG), TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG) has proposed a hydrogen hub on the island of Flotta in Orkney, Scotland in relation to its ScotWind bid.

The team has submitted a bid to the Crown Estate Scotland’s ScotWind offshore wind leasing round to develop the 2-GW West of Orkney Windfarm at the N1 plan option area west of Orkney.

The consortium, called Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL), today said it is looking into using offshore wind to power industrial-scale green hydrogen production on the island of Flotta.

OWPL is working on the plan with the owner of the Flotta Terminal, Repsol Sinopec Resources UK Ltd, and German energy company Uniper SE (ETR:UN01).

“We believe that green hydrogen could provide a critical alternative route to market for some of Scotland’s largest offshore wind projects and play a significant role in creating wider economic benefits as the North Sea goes through its energy transition,” said Edward Northam, head of Green Investment Group Europe.

“Projects with substantial capacity factors, such as the West of Orkney Windfarm, could deliver highly competitive power to facilities like the Flotta Hydrogen Hub which could, in turn, supply demand for hydrogen both nationally and internationally,” said RIDG commercial director Mike Hay.

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