Global Energy Group (a UK supplier of integrity, construction and manufacturing solutions) has agreed with ScottishPower (Scotlands’ vertically integrated energy company and a subsidiary of Spanish utility firm Iberdrola) to explore opportunities to produce green hydrogen at its facility at Port of Nigg, Scotland.
The partnerships will start with a feasibility study to assess the full potential range of value chain. Both partners will aim to produce green hydrogen at the Nigg site and supply it to various end-users, including industrial use and mobility.
The Port of Nigg was established in 1972 and was custom-built to service Scotland’s oil & gas industry. It was acquired by Global Energy Group in 2011.
ScottishPower has recently launched Green Hydrogen Business. Last year it partnered with ITM Power and BOC to develop green hydrogen production plants with clusters of refuelling stations across Scotland targeting fleets operators with heavy-duty vehicles.
Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, said: Hydrogen has a potentially very important role to play in ensuring Scotland becomes a net-zero economy by 2045. He added the Scottish Government is investing an additional £100 million [US$ 138 million] over the next five years to support the hydrogen fuel industry.
Barry Carruthers, ScottishPower’s Hydrogen Director, said: “Over the next five years we need to see industries as whole, and individual companies, that can’t be powered by electricity alone following in Global Energy Group’s footsteps and taking the decision to adopt green hydrogen.”
The Port of has already supported the construction of two of Scotland’s largest offshore wind farms and recently awarded the marshalling, storage and logistics base for Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, a 1,075 MW offshore wind farm in the Firth of Forth.
Global Energy Group’s Chief Executive Officer, Tim Cornelius, said: “Green hydrogen presents us with a major opportunity and we are thrilled to begin working with ScottishPower.”