Port of Aberdeen explores subsea hydrogen storage at new South Harbour

Port of Aberdeen

Port of Aberdeen has partnered with Subsea7 to secure a £150,000 ($186,360) grant from the Scottish Government to investigate feasibility of storing hydrogen at the South Harbour.  

The ‘H2Shore’ hydrogen coastal storage and distribution project aims to conduct thorough engineering analyses to determine the most effective technological approach, while identifying an appropriate offshore location.

Additionally, the project will construct an outline business case.

Global energy consultancy firm, Xodus Group, is tasked with examining the necessary distribution and bunkering requirements – with a focus on equipment, processes, and operating procedures.

READ: Port of Aberdeen invests £55 million towards net zero

This study is among 32 projects to receive funding from the Hydrogen Innovation Scheme, a programme dedicated to fostering innovation in renewable hydrogen production, storage, and distribution.

Marlene Mitchell, Commercial Manager for Port of Aberdeen, said: “Securing Scottish Government funding for our H2Shore project is a significant achievement.”

“Ports have a pivotal role in the transition to hydrogen technologies, contributing to the journey towards net zero emissions and serving as crucial infrastructure for hydrogen transport and trade,” Mitchell added.

Port of Aberdeen believes that this initiative is one of many promising opportunities to position itself at the forefront of Scotland’s burgeoning hydrogen economy.

Stian Sande, Group Strategy Director Energy Transition for Subsea7, said: “We are delighted to be working with Port of Aberdeen on this innovative hydrogen storage project.”

Sande further explained that Subsea7 is looking forward to evaluating suitable concepts with the goal of enabling and accelerating offshore hydrogen production, storage, and infrastructure.

In August last year, Stillstrom and Port of Aberdeen conducted a joint feasibility study into an innovative offshore renewable charging hub.

Under the agreement, Stillstrom and the port will conduct a joint feasibility study into an innovative offshore renewable charging hub.

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