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Wood awarded consenting and FEED contracts for the UK’s first hydrogen distribution pipeline infrastructure

Wood has been awarded the consenting and environmental assessment and front-end engineering design (FEED) contracts for Cadent’s HyNet North West, an innovative project that aims to unlock a lower carbon economy for the North West of England and North Wales. The industry-leading HyNet North West project has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by 10 million tonnes a year by 2030 – the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road.

Aberdeen City Council announces bp as preferred bidder for hydrogen partnership

Aberdeen City Council on Monday, 25 October announced bp as its preferred bidder for a commercial partnership which will accelerate the city’s ambitions to become a world-class hydrogen hub. Following a robust tender process which commenced in June, the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub concept will enable the continued development of a hydrogen economy in the city. A key part of the programme will involve the creation of Scotland’s first scalable green hydrogen production facility. Phase 1, which involves delivery of a green hydrogen facility, is targeting first operations from 2024.

Budweiser Brewing Group to go green with hydrogen at Wales brewery, an integral part of plan for brewery to become carbon neutral

Budweiser Brewing Group to go green with hydrogen at Wales brewery, an integral part of plan for brewery to become carbon neutral • Working with UK-based green hydrogen experts, Protium • The two companies have joined forces to revolutionise the brewer’s existing on-site transport and energy generation and consumption, eliminating 15,500 tonnes of CO2e per year • Hydrogen infrastructure expected to produce more than 20MW of renewable energy and green hydrogen to power Magor brewery in South Wales

INOVYN at Runcorn to ramp up hydrogen supply to fuel trucks buses and power generator sectors

INOVYN at Runcorn to ramp up hydrogen supply to fuel trucks buses and power generator sectors • INOVYN, a subsidiary of INEOS, is to upgrade existing low-carbon hydrogen supply to fuel transport in the UK and drive the country’s green transition to net-zero by 2050. • This is part of more than €2bn investment in Green Hydrogen announced by INEOS earlier this week. • Existing hydrogen production at INOVYN’s Runcorn site has the capacity to power over 1,000 buses or 2,000 trucks with low-carbon fuel. • Geir Tuft, CEO INOVYN said: “Hydrogen-powered transport will play a critical role in the UK’s journey to net-zero. As the UK’s leading producer of low-carbon hydrogen, we’re perfectly positioned to drive down emissions reductions in the transport and industrial sector.”

INEOS green hydrogen project accelerates towards net-zero future in Germany by 2045

INEOS green hydrogen project accelerates towards net-zero future in Germany by 2045 • INEOS through its subsidiary INOVYN have announced plans to build a large-scale, 100MW electrolyser to produce green hydrogen at the Koln site in Germany. • The project forms part of more than €2bn investment in Green Hydrogen announced by INEOS earlier this week. • Hydrogen from the new unit would be used in the production of green ammonia. • The complete project will result in a reduction of carbon emissions at Koln by more than 120,000 tonnes per year. • This strengthens INEOS ambitions to achieve net-zero targets set out by the UN and National Governments around the world.

QatarEnergy and Shell join forces to pursue investments in hydrogen solutions

QatarEnergy and Shell have signed an agreement to pursue joint investments in blue and green hydrogen projects in the United Kingdom. The partners will target integrated and scalable opportunities in key sectors where hydrogen could help decarbonize, especially around industrial cluster development and also for the transport sector, with a focus on the London metropolitan area. The collaboration will exploit both companies’ expertise in delivering large and technically complex energy projects.

Enapter Claim Earthshot Prize

The Earthshot Prize award ceremony took place on the 17 October 2021 at London’s Alexandra Palace.

Protium to build 40MW flagship green hydrogen project in Teesside

Protium, the UK’s leading green hydrogen energy company has secured a location on Wilton Universal Group’s site in Teesside, marking the area’s largest announced green hydrogen project to date. The project – which cements Teesside’s position as the leading green hydrogen zone in the UK – aims to generate green jobs and economic opportunities for the local community and region.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 2

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database and the progress made on existing developments. Issue 2 of the Hydrogen Project Playbook looks at September.

Wintershall Dea investigates conversion of north sea natural gas pipelines for CO2 transport

Wintershall Dea, Europe's leading independent gas and oil company, is working with the OTH Regensburg University of Applied Sciences to explore how existing natural gas pipelines in the southern North Sea can be used for future CO2 transport. Initial calculations paint a positive picture. Results obtained so far suggest that the offshore pipelines could be safely and efficiently repurposed for transport of liquid CO2. As the study progresses, technical feasibility will be tested, and certification will take place.

EP Infrastructure, Eustream, NAFTA and RWE sign memorandum of understanding on blue hydrogen development in Slovakia

EP Infrastructure (EPIF), Eustream, NAFTA and RWE Supply & Trading are looking to jointly explore the potential development of state-of-the art blue hydrogen production facilities in eastern Slovakia. To this end the companies have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding. RWE Supply & Trading could off-take and import the produced hydrogen to Germany and other RWE core markets in Western Europe.

Viscofan conducts the first green hydrogen tests in boilers

​This project is a pioneer milestone in the usage of green hydrogen as a source of energy in industrial processes. Viscofan successfully completed on Thursday the tests conducted in the production plant based in Cáseda (Navarre) to progressively substitute the natural gas used in one of their boilers, using green hydrogen instead. The goal of the test was the partial substitution of the natural gas for hydrogen. Thanks to a temporal installation of two hydrogen semitrailers, each one with an approximate capacity of 4,000 Nm3 compressed hydrogen at 200 bar, increasing hydrogen flows of 400 Nm3/h were used.

Will Hydrogen Take Off in the Aviation Sector?

As the world recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic, business and leisure air travel will become a viable option again, the need to move people across the globe will return and the aviation industry plays a key role in this.

INEOS Grangemouth moves forward on to the next phase

INEOS Grangemouth has today announced planned further investment of over £1 billion towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions at its site to net zero by 2045, building on the 37% reduction in net CO2 emissions already delivered since acquiring the site in 2005.

Aquaterra Energy, Lhyfe and Borr Drilling form partnership for pioneering offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig production concept

Aquaterra Energy, a leader in global offshore engineering solutions, has signed a partnership with renewable hydrogen producer and supplier Lhyfe and offshore drilling contractor Borr Drilling to develop an innovative concept for offshore green hydrogen production in the North Sea. The organisations behind Project Haldane, will develop an industrial scale offshore green hydrogen production concept, through the deployment of an electrolyser system on a converted jack-up rig.

Repsol to start up the first electrolyzer at its Petronor refinery

Repsol will start up the first electrolyzer in the northern Spanish region of the Basque Country in the second half of 2022, to produce renewable hydrogen at its Petronor refinery. The facility will have a capacity of 2.5 MW and will involve an investment of €8.9 million, covering also the construction of the necessary infrastructures for the use and distribution of the renewable hydrogen produced.

Floating Along Nicely

According to research by trade association RenewableUK, the orderbook for global offshore floating wind projects currently stands at 54GW.

Shell Moves Forward with Large Netherlands Biofuels Facility

Royal Dutch Shell recently announced that it has made a final investment decision regarding the construction of an 820,000 tons per year biofuels facility at the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam in the Netherlands, which was previously referred to as the Pernis Refinery site. Once operational in 2024, this biofuels facility will one of the largest European facilities producing sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) and renewable diesel made from a waste product feedstock.

Lukoil to Add Catalytic Cracking Unit to its Perm Refinery

Lukoil recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation to start the process of implementing a grassroots catalytic cracking project at the company’s existing Perm refinery site in the North Urals region of Russia. Lukoil is planning to move to a construction phase next with a planned startup in 2026.

Ust-Luga Gas Complex Picks Linde and RHI for EPC Duties

Gazprom recently announced that it had signed an EPC contract with a consortium comprised of Linde Engineering and Renaissance Heavy Industries (RHI) for work to be performed for a natural gas liquefaction plant at an upcoming gas processing complex developing near Ust-Luga. This significant venture will be operated by a joint venture of Gazprom and RusGazDobycha named RusKhimAlyans.

GEI Hydrogen Project Playbook – Issue 1

The GEI Data Research Team looks at the new hydrogen projects added to our database. Forty-one new projects were added to our database in the last four weeks across green, turquoise, blue and transportation hydrogen all are currently planned or proposed.

LNG Projects Aim to Shrug Off Challenging Year

Progress has been slow on both the liquefaction and regasification sides over the past 12 months, but numerous new developments are planned.

Axpo signs landmark PPA for Europe’s largest operational onshore wind farm in Romania

Axpo’s leading position in the Eastern European energy services market has been reinforced by the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with CEZ’s Fântânele-Cogealac-Gradina wind farm, part of Macquarie Asset Management’s energy portfolio in Romania.

Oil majors pile into Scottish offshore wind tender

Scotwind tender draws 74 bids amid strong competition for North Sea project rights

Sempra LNG And PGNiG Sign MOU For LNG Capacity From North American LNG Portfolio

Companies to collaborate to transition prior 2 Mtpa LNG SPA with Port Arthur LNG to Sempra LNG's portfolio of projects Sempra LNG and PGNiG to work toward development of GHG reporting and mitigation agreements for LNG cargoes

Shell has Eyes on More Hydrogen and CCS projects

Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) has set a goal to cut the carbon intensity of its emissions by 20 percent by 2030 and 45 percent in 2035 before reaching net-zero emissions by 2050.

Highfield Energy joint venture secrures E160m financing for Irish Solar PV duo

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Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the offshore production of green hydrogen

Saipem launches SUISO, a technological solution for the production of green hydrogen thus confirming its commitment to support its clients in the energy transition. SUISO combines various renewable energy sources such as floating wind, floating solar and marine energy in a single system. The aim is to power, together or individually, electrolyzes installed on existing offshore platforms for the production of green hydrogen.

Shell Joins Aukra Hydrogen Hub

Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AS Norske Shell to explore opportunities to develop the Aukra Hydrogen Hub to a large-scale production facility for clean hydrogen using natural gas from the local gas processing plant at Nyhamna.

The World in Review

BP’s annual Statistical Review of World Energy was launched virtually by Chief Economist Spencer Dale on 8 July.