OGTC has teamed up with government and other industry partners to examine the potential of marine vessel hydrogen transportation and storage in Scotland.
Focused on safe marine transportation and storage of the fuel, the project will evaluate the techno-economical, safety and environmental benefits of Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers (LOHC).
It’s being undertaken in partnership with Scottish Government, Global Energy Group, Pale Blue Dot, Port of Cromarty Firth and Shetland Island Council.
OGTC has said the project is an important step in advancing the knowledge of hydrogen transportation and storage technologies which will be needed to enable an “affordable net zero North Sea”.
The initial phase of the study will be conducted by Aberdeen-based Environmental Resources Management (ERM), which will evaluate the use of LOHC for marine transportation.
The suitability of existing conventional oil and gas infrastructure, marine assets and ports will also be examined.
Environmental assessments comparing various mass transportation solutions will determine further phases of the study, which could potentially lead to trials within four years.
Colette Cohen, OGTC CEO, said: “OGTC is committed to accelerating the transition of our industry to an affordable net zero future.
“This important project will enable us to understand the end-to-end production through delivery requirements for hydrogen which is essential if we are to create an economically viable hydrogen economy, supporting manufacturing and jobs.
“Working together with our Government and industry partners, we will continue to invest in technology innovation that targets low carbon solutions, alternative fuels and technologies that drive to net zero – positioning the North East of Scotland as a leader in the energy transition.”
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse added: “I am delighted at the commencement of this project examining Marine Vessel Hydrogen Transportation and Storage.
“The Scottish Government is committed to supporting the emerging hydrogen sector in Scotland while also maximising the ‘new-industry’ benefits that the production and export of hydrogen may bring.
“This collaborative project reflects the opportunities for hydrogen development and energy transition.
“Hydrogen has a potentially very important role to play in ensuring Scotland becomes a net-zero economy by 2045.
“Our abundant natural resources will support the establishment of a thriving hydrogen sector here, in Scotland, and in the emerging global hydrogen market.
“It is clear that hydrogen is not just an energy and emissions reduction opportunity; it could also have an important role in generating new economic growth for Scotland by creating new jobs, and supporting a just transition.
“This is why the Scottish Government is investing an additional £100 million over the next five years to help realise this potential.”