Crown Estate Scotland is tendering a £40,000 contract for a study exploring whether oil platforms can be reused for hydrogen.
Published to Public Contracts Scotland on 19 November, the study would look to assess the capacity to deliver a strong pipeline of hydrogen projects from the late 2020s to 2050s. The tender is being run on the behalf of the Scottish Offshore Wind Energy Council, with a suitably qualified and experienced consultancy that can identify key risks and opportunities in repurposing existing oil and gas infrastructure for hydrogen generation and transmission. The risks and opportunities would be determined through review processes and engaging with stakeholders.
Other areas of potential interest for the study to be proposed included cost comparison and benefit analysis of onshore versus offshore hydrogen production; overview and cost estimation for key enabling hydrogen supply chain capability and infrastructure, including existing offshore oil and gas infrastructure, electrolyser supply, and port and quayside infrastructure; and consideration of industry demand in likely hydrogen clusters.
The deadline for responses to the tender is 10 December 2020 12:00PM, with the contract then proposed to start on 18 December and run until 26 March 2021.