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Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL) – the consortium formed by TotalEnergies, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG) – is looking to use offshore wind to power the production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in Orkney, Scotland.  

In a statement issued today (12 October), the OWPL consortium announced that it has submitted a proposal to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round (ScotWind) to develop the N1 plan option area west of Orkney. If successful, its proposal – called the West of Orkney Windfarm – could deliver renewable power to a green hydrogen production facility at the Flotta Terminal.   

Plans to power the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub are being developed by OWPL in partnership with Flotta Terminal’s owner Repsol Sinopec, and Uniper.

The proposal is also supported locally by EMEC Hydrogen who have been heading up Orkney’s position in green hydrogen production. 

Edward Northam, Head of Green Investment Group Europe, commented: ‘We believe that green hydrogen could provide a critical alternative route to market for some of Scotland’s largest offshore wind projects and play a significant role in creating wider economic benefits as the North Sea goes through its energy transition. We look forward to working with the Flotta partners to continue to develop this proposal.’

Julien Pouget Senior Vice President Renewables, TotalEnergies, added: ‘TotalEnergies believes in the potential of renewable offshore wind power to produce green hydrogen, supporting our companies to meet their ambition in terms of carbon neutrality. With our proposed West of Orkney windfarm, there is an opportunity to create one of the world’s first green hydrogen plants in Orkney. It is an exciting plan, and we look forward to working on it with our partners and Orkney stakeholders.’

James Stockan, Leader of Orkney Islands Council, described Flotta as an ‘ideal location’ for green hydrogen production because it is ‘surrounded by the best wind resource in Europe, [and] it lies close to major shipping routes within the vast natural harbour of Scapa Flow’.

Neil Kermode, Managing Director of EMEC, said that the project will support Orkney in its ambition to be ‘the global centre of excellence for research and demonstration of how the hydrogen economy of the future will work’. But he also pointed out: ‘For this project to go ahead, a number of vital elements will have to fall into place, including a market for green hydrogen. We are pleased to be collaborating with our offshore wind partners in pursuit of this goal and we are already in discussion with the Scottish and UK governments to explore the mechanisms required to make this vision happen.’

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