Europe

Plastic to hydrogen facility in West Dunbartonshire approved

Plans for an innovative £20m facility in West Dunbartonshire to turn waste plastic into hydrogen and support the UK’s energy transition to net zero have been approved. West Dunbartonshire Council have given the green light to the plant, the second of its kind in the UK. The plans were lodged by Peel NRE – part of Peel L&P – for the site at Rothesay Dock on the north bank of the River Clyde.

Equinor Signs Long-Term LNG Purchase Agreement with Cheniere

Equinor and Cheniere have announced a 15-year purchase agreement of around 1.75 million tonnes of LNG per year starting from 2026.

Plug to Build Large-Scale Green Hydrogen Generation Plant in Europe at Port of Antwerp-Bruges

Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, will build a 35-tons-per-day green hydrogen generation plant at Port of Antwerp-Bruges in the heart of Europe.

Masdar agrees to develop 4 GW of clean energy projects in Azerbaijan

Masdar, one of the world’s leading renewable energy companies, has signed implementation agreements with the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Azerbaijan to develop clean and renewable energy projects in the country with a combined confirmed capacity of 4,000 megawatts (MW) as an exclusive concession, with the right to develop an additional 6,000 MW as a second phase, bringing the total production capacity of these projects to 10,000 MW – the largest such signing in Azerbaijan’s history.

Abu Dhabi’s ADNOC and Masdar to join bp’s UK hydrogen projects

p has taken a major step forward in strengthening its strategic partnership with ADNOC and Masdar of Abu Dhabi, bringing international participation to its planned blue and green hydrogen developments in Teesside in the north-east of England.

Kent wins major contract for Vertex Hydrogen, part of the Hynet NorthWest

HyNet, the UK’s leading industrial decarbonisation cluster was selected by the UK Government as a Track 1 cluster. The project will unlock a low carbon future for North West England and North Wales, producing and distributing low carbon hydrogen to replace the fossil fuels used in industry, transport, and homes, and capture and store carbon dioxide.

Excelerate Energy and Gasgrid Finland Sign FSRU Charter Agreement

Excelerate Energy, Inc. and a subsidiary of Gasgrid Finland Oy today signed a ten-year contract in Helsinki to charter a floating storage and regasification vessel (FSRU) that will provide flexible, reliable, and secure liquefied natural gas (LNG) to Finland, Estonia, and the Baltic Sea Region.

Winners of £60 million UK government competition to develop hydrogen as the superfuel of the future unveiled

HySupply 2 competition winners to receive government funding for innovation in hydrogen supply. £60 million competition will support innovation in the supply of hydrogen, making new superfuel more viable funding will help position UK as world leader in this emerging industry, boosting long term growth and helping produce more clean, affordable, homegrown energy 28 projects in all 4 nations of the UK to receive share of funding – powering forward an industry expected to create around 12,000 jobs

Sempra Infrastructure and PGNiG Advance North American LNG Alliance

Sempra Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Sempra, and the Polish Oil & Gas Company (PGNiG) today announced they have entered into a heads of agreement (HOA) for the purchase of approximately 3 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivered free-on-board from Sempra Infrastructure's portfolio of LNG projects in North America.

King inaugurates Iberdrola's green hydrogen plant in Puertollano

His Majesty King Felipe VI, accompanied by the President of the Regional Government of Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, and the Chairman of Iberdrola, Ignacio Galán, today inaugurated the company's green hydrogen plant in Puertollano (Ciudad Real). It is the largest facility of its kind for industrial use in Europe, and is also the largest plant currently operating in the world.

ENGIE, OCI and EEW announce their partnership on the HyNetherlands project in the Netherlands

ENGIE, OCI, Europe's leading producer of methanol, and EEW, a leading company in the production of electricity and heat from waste-to-energy, announced on May 9, 2022 their collaboration on the HyNetherlands (HyNL) project, in the north of the Netherlands (province of Groningen).

BP and Clean Planet Energy Reach Agreement to Help Advance the Circular Plastics Economy

bp has signed a ten-year offtake agreement with Clean Planet Energy, a UK-based company that is developing facilities to convert hard-to-recycle waste plastics into circular petrochemical feedstocks and also into ultra-low sulphur diesel (ULSD). Clean Planet Energy designs and builds facilities – which they refer to as ecoPlants – that are expected to process plastics typically rejected by traditional recycling centres and so would otherwise be sent to landfill or incineration.

Uniper to build Germany's first LNG terminal – aim is to diversify natural gas supply sources

At a press conference in Wilhelmshaven today, several important news items for Germany's energy future were announced: Federal Minister Robert Habeck and the Lower Saxony Ministers Olaf Lies and Bernd Althusmann set the "first pile driving" for the construction of the first terminal for liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Germany. Uniper, as builder and operator of the terminal, will invest around €65 million.

Wintershall Dea helps shape the Wilhelmshaven Energy Hub

Wintershall Dea’s project, BlueHyNow, will be developed on the German North Sea coast at Wilhelmshaven. Wilhelmshaven already boasts strong, networked infrastructure: two nearby landing points for gas from Norway, the possibility of hydrogen storage in neighbouring facilities, and a direct link to the planned German hydrogen network. It has a deep-water port where large tankers can also dock. And CO2 can also be transported from Wilhelmshaven. Work on setting up a first LNG terminal in the coastal town in Northern Germany is now also beginning.

ScottishPower and Storegga form Green Hydrogen partnership to transform industry in the Highlands

ScottishPower and Storegga announce plans to build a series of green hydrogen projects in the Highlands The initial project phases will be focused in the Cromarty Firth region (north of Inverness) and will provide green industrial heat across the region for a range of customers including distilleries and transportation sectors The projects are expected to deliver hundreds of MW of green hydrogen production capacity before end of the decade, with plans for the first project to be operating by 2024 ScottishPower and Storegga have formed a partnership to develop, build and operate green hydrogen production plants across Scotland – with the potential to transform industry and transportation in the Highland region.

Gasunie and Vopak will jointly develop future open access hydrogen import terminal infrastructure

Gasunie and Vopak today announced that they have entered into a cooperation agreement. The aim is to jointly develop future terminal infrastructure projects that will facilitate the necessary imports of hydrogen into Northwest Europe via Dutch and German ports. Both parties have been working together in the Gate LNG-terminal in the Port of Rotterdam that came into operation in 2011

Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi have jointly agreed to start investigating the possibilities to cooperate in hydrogen infrastructure

The national gas transmission system operators (TSOs) in Finland and Sweden, Gasgrid Finland and Nordion Energi respectively, have agreed to investigate the possibilities to develop a new hydrogen infrastructure and market in the Bothnian Bay region. The potential demand for hydrogen, primarily used for enabling the transition and expansion of industries in the region, is estimated to be 100 TWh.

McDermott Joins Industry Experts on Hydrogen Hub and CCUS Project

McDermott International has joined a group of industry experts focused on unlocking the potential for a hydrogen-led energy hub located at Bacton, Norfolk, UK. The UK North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) is spearheading the Bacton Energy Hub (BEH) project, which could play a significant role in the UK's energy future and become a vital element in its transition to net zero emissions.

Lhyfe and wpd for production of green hydrogen in connection with offshore wind farm in Sweden

Lhyfe and WPD Offshore AB enter into collaboration on large-scale production of renewable green hydrogen in connection with Storgrundet offshore wind farm, Söderhamn municipality (Sweden) The cooperation agreement between the renewable green hydrogen supplier Lhyfe and the wind power company wpd creates a strong partnership for the companies’ ambition to become leading suppliers of green hydrogen in Sweden, and also clarifies the good conditions that exist in the Swedish market.

Gasunie, HES International and Vopak join forces to develop an import terminal for a hydrogen carrier in the port of Rotterdam

Gasunie, HES International (HES) and Vopak will be working together to develop an import terminal for green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier. The companies have signed a cooperation agreement to that effect. The cooperation is a response to growing global demand for the import and storage of green energy. This quarter, work will be started on the basic design of the import terminal. The terminal, that will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal, will be operational from 2026.

SGN to deliver £29.9m national strategic hydrogen transmission and storage project

The funding from the energy regulator Ofgem and gas distribution companies will help determine whether Great Britain’s transmission networks can be repurposed for hydrogen gas. The project will be based in Grangemouth, Scotland, and delivered in partnership with Global Chemical Company, INEOS, who have extensive manufacturing and infrastructure facilities in the region.

The Fed­er­al Min­istry for Eco­nom­ic Af­fairs and Cli­mate Ac­tion is fund­ing a project to fur­ther de­vel­op hy­dro­gen fu­el cell tech­nol­o­gy

he future climate-neutral air transport system needs carbon-dioxide-free propulsion technologies. For regional aircraft, hydrogen-electric propulsion systems with hydrogen fuel cell technology offer a promising option. This is now receiving a strong boost from the '328H2-FC' project. Led by the German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) in cooperation with H2FLY, Deutsche Aircraft, Diehl Aviation and six other partners, the project is the first to develop a fuel cell system with a power output of one and a half megawatts for use in flight.

Cespa will invest over 7 billion euros in its transformation this decade to lead the energy transition on the Iberia Peninsula

Cepsa today presented its new 2030 Strategy, 'Positive Motion', to become a leader in sustainable mobility and energy in Spain and Portugal, and a benchmark in energy transition. With this strategy, the company will focus on the needs of its customers, who face their own challenges in decarbonizing their activities.

Nel ASA receives purchase order for an alkaline electrolyser in Europe

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser AS, a subsidiary of Nel ASA, has now received a firm order for an alkaline electrolyser system from an undisclosed European customer to provide green hydrogen to the European market.

OGE and RWE present national infrastructure concept H2ercules

Hydrogen production, storage and import terminals in the north of Germany to be connected with consumers in the west and south Plans for up to 1 GW of new electrolyser capacity and 1,500 kilometres of pipeline Further partners to be connected / large consumers have signalled interest

German LNG Terminal and Shell sign Memorandum of Understanding on the import of LNG through the planned terminal in Brunsbüttel

Following the latest developments in relation to the construction of an energy terminal in Brunsbüttel, German LNG Terminal GmbH and Shell have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the import of LNG through the terminal. In it, they agree that Shell will make a long-term booking of a substantial part of the Brunsbüttel terminal’s capacity for the import of LNG. Both parties are currently working towards a binding agreement on the scope and duration of their partnership, and hope to complete it as soon as possible.

Alliander and GroenLeven turn solar rays into hydrogen

Alliander and GroenLeven in Oosterwolde (Friesland) open the very first domestic hydrogen factory next to a solar park in the Netherlands. At this location, electricity generated by solar panels is converted into hydrogen. Alliander and GroenLeven will investigate how hydrogen can play a role in areas where the capacity of the electricity grid is not sufficient to return large-scale generated solar energy.

Delta Airlines and Airbus collaborate to pull forward the future of hydrogen fuel

Delta and Airbus will collaborate on industry-leading research to accelerate the development of a hydrogen-powered aircraft and the ecosystem it requires.

Project Havelstoff secures the sale of 4,000 tons of Green Hydrogen per year.

Plagazi AB has signed a letter of intent (LOI) together with WIRTZ Energie + Mineralöl GmbH with the intent to form a long-term offtake agreement of 4’000 tons of green hydrogen, and potentially for e-fuels, produced in Plagazi’s German flagship project Havelstoff located in Brandenburg and run together with Neue Energien Premnitz. The estimated amount of hydrogen that Wirtz will source, covers the yearly production of one Plagazi HE-2000 unit and the parties have agreed upon an indicative price of EUR 7 per kilogram of H2.

Online Exclusive (Opinion): Security for U.S. and Europe begins with new energy policy

It is high time that the U.S. forges a new energy policy based on facts and common sense. Before Tuesday’s decision to halt the import of Russian oil and gas, the Biden Administration had put more sanctions on U.S. oil and gas than on Russian oil and gas. Public lands have been made off-limits for drilling. The cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, and restrictions on other pipelines, have blocked the efficient U.S. distribution and export of energy. FERC approvals and EPA requirements have hampered the development of several gas export projects. Only the Russian assault on Ukraine has stopped Nord Stream 2, and that from Germany—not the U.S.