Neptune Energy has announced that it has been selected to take part in a pioneering pilot project that will see the first offshore hydrogen plant installed in the Dutch North Sea.
On Thursday 4 July, Neptune said that a megawatt electrolyser will be installed on its Q13a platform, which is already the first electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea, enabling it to save around 16.5 kilotonnes of CO2 a year. The resulting hydrogen that is produced by the electrolyser will be transported through an existing pipeline to an offshore structure where electricity will be generated.
Production on the pilot is set to begin in 2020, with it set to offer a testing ground for innovative technologies and integrated systems. It has been commissioned by NexStep, the Dutch Association for Decommissioning and Re-Use, and TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research in close collaboration with the industry.