Statera Energy, a leading UK developer of flexible energy generation and storage technologies which help balance the grid, announces plans for the development of a major green hydrogen project in Kintore, Aberdeenshire.
Kintore Hydrogen is a 3GW electrolyser project which will use surplus Scottish wind power to create green hydrogen to supply Statera’s power-generating facilities and the UK’s most carbon-intensive industrial clusters through existing gas transmission pipelines.
The UK Government has confirmed that Kintore Hydrogen has been a successful applicant in its Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) Strand 1 competition, and will receive funding for its Front End Engineering Design (FEED), planning and consenting work. The Government has backed the initial 500MW phase of Kintore Hydrogen’s development. The proposed FEED study has a target completion date of 2024 and the project will be ready for a Final Investment Decision in 2025. The full 3GW of production is expected by 2030.
The project will offer significant benefits to the UK and its transition to net zero. It will enable Scottish wind generation to be used for electrolysis to produce green hydrogen. This will reduce the need for more costly transmission grid reinforcements to convey excess electricity from Scotland to other parts of the UK. The 3GW electrolyser project will also complement the conversion of the UK’s natural gas transmission pipelines to carry a greater share of lower-carbon, green hydrogen, helping decarbonise the energy-intensive UK industry.
Tom Vernon said, “Kintore Hydrogen is another demonstration of Statera’s commitment to balancing the grid and meeting the challenge of decarbonising the UK’s energy system. The project will produce green hydrogen at scale in an optimal location, offering low-cost, secure and storable energy to the UK system. Kintore will be a flagship project for Statera. Today we welcome Government’s support for this nationally significant project, which will provide a meaningful contribution to the UK’s clean energy ambitions”.
Alexander Stafford MP commented, “Hydrogen is firmly at the heart of the global race to reach net zero carbon emissions, and Kintore Hydrogen confirms the UK’s commitment to achieving our ambitious hydrogen targets and leading the world towards a green future. I’m delighted that Statera Energy is seeking to use UK-made technology and UK-based contractors where possible, maximising the opportunities for UK job creation and economic growth that the decarbonisation of our energy system can offer”.