Industrial scale green hydrogen production eyed for Orkney


Plans have been unveiled to create a green hydrogen hub on the island of Flotta in Orkney, powered by offshore wind projects.

On 12 October, the Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL) consortium – formed by the Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group – announced that it is studying the use of offshore wind to power green hydrogen production at an industrial scale on Flotta.

A proposal has been submitted to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round to develop the N1 plan option area west of Orkney. If successful, the proposal – the West of Orkney Windfarm – would deliver part of its low carbon capacity to a proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub. It is collaborating with Repsol Sinopec and Uniper on these plans.

The Flotta Hydrogen Hub would be located at a repurposed area of the existing Flotta Terminal, using power from offshore wind projects to generate green hydrogen. The potential multi-billion pound project could be realised in the late 2020s, before then exporting to Europe or other destinations, being blended into the gas grid at St Fergus and driving forward an international maritime green refuelling hub.