bp has been approved to deliver the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub.
On 3 February, Aberdeen City Council announced that its city growth and resources committee had agreed for bp to be the Joint Venture partner to deliver the ambitious project, which will build a solar power facility connected to a green hydrogen production and refuelling facility. Council Leader, Jenny Laing, described the move as “transformative”, and one that “paves the way for the city to be a world leader in the production of hydrogen-based green fuel and energy”.
A prior report to the committee envisaged the Hub being developed in three phases, responding to growing demands for hydrogen.
The first phase would involve initial production for public sector consumption, including the provision of a resilient, cost-effective supply of hydrogen on a commercial basis to the market, supporting existing and proposed transport projects, before the second phase sees an expansion in the short to medium term to connect larger volume utilisation of hydrogen, including to rail, trucks and marine use.
The third phase would see hydrogen for heat and export, taking a whole-system approach to supply and demand. Innovation, skills and a transition hub would support expansion of the local supply chain, with the ambition for Aberdeen becoming the centre of a new energy production business pursued, exporting hydrogen to the world. It was noted that recent ScotWind announcements could support the future delivery of phase three.