Green Hydrogen Plan for Flotta Depot

Plans to turn the Flotta Oil Terminal in Orkney into one of the world's first large-scale green hydrogen plants have been unveiled.

 

Total Energy The slot French oil giant is part of a consortium that proposes to use offshore wind power to produce industrial-scale hydrogen at the plant.Terminal official Repsol Sinopec said it wanted to switch from oil and gas to green energy.It is expected to open as early as 2028.

Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL) has made an offer to Crown Estate Scotland (CES).It is part of the ScotWind leasing auction, which grants development rights to offshore wind projects.Green hydrogen involves circulating electricity used to split water in two. make hydrogen In contrast,

"blue" hydrogen is generated using gas. which is fossil fuel Part of the manufacturing process involves carbon capture.OWPL has submitted a bid to develop a 2 gigawatt offshore wind farm west of Orkney that is said to be able to power up to two million homes.It can also generate energy that can be made into hydrogen in Flotta and export both domestically and internationally.

 

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Orkney Islands Council head James Stockan said Flotta was an "ideal location" for green hydrogen production because it was "enclosed by some of the best wind power sources in Europe" and close to main shipping routes.José Luis Muñoz, Repsol Sinopec's chief executive, said: "Flotta has been in operation

since 1976 and has been a contributor to Orkney's economy and community for over 40 years.We fully support the transition in our industry to clean energy. environmentally friendly and a secure future for skilled oil and gas workers in Scotland and across the UK.This project will allow the terminal to evolve over time into a diversified energy hub.

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