Cerulean Winds is one step closer to its goal of a 200-turbine floating wind and hydrogen development in the North Sea, having today (July 19) inked an agreement with px Group for the project.
Through its ambitious plans, Cerulean Winds hopes to have generate 3GWh of power, enough to electrify the majority of offshore facilities, reducing CO2 emissions by more than half from 2025. An excess of 1.5GWh of power would be diverted to onshore green hydrogen plants.
Now part of such development, px Group will be responsible for lease and ownership arrangements for the sites, located in the North of England, Northeast Scotland and on Shetland, and for obtaining planning permissions and permitting.
Further to that, the agreement will see px Group operate the hydrogen generation facilities and the associated onshore infrastructure, including the onshore substations and grid connections.
Welcoming to company onboard, Dan Jackson, Cerulean Winds’ Founding Director, said, “px Group’s expertise and asset base make it a valuable addition to Cerulean’s UKCS decarbonisation proposition.
“This project which would see the offshore industry helping cut emissions from onshore industrial sites, is a real turning point in the shift towards a joined-up approach to tackling accelerating the decarbonisation of the UK’s on and offshore industrial facilities.
“The North Sea Transition Deal calls for a reduction in offshore emissions of 10% by 2025, rising to 25% in 2027 and 50% by 2030. The Cerulean proposal would exceed these targets. Crucially though, the green power would be used to generate green hydrogen which can be used to decarbonise other industrial sectors.
“That lines us up to put us on a par with other countries such as Germany which has taken the decision to decarbonise its heavy industries and is actively looking at how to use green energy from windfarms to do that.”
Geoff Holmes, CEO of px Group, added, “We are delighted to be working with Cerulean on this potentially ground-breaking project. As an owner and an operator, px Group has over 25 years hands-on experience in developing cleaner energy projects and reducing emissions.
“Operating and managing infrastructure which supports the UK’s energy transition is core to our business and we are thrilled to be able to support the decarbonisation of offshore facilities in the North Sea.”
px Group owns Saltend Chemicals Park in Humber, manages, operates, and maintains some of the UK’s largest industrial facilities, including the NSMP St Fergus Gas Terminal near Peterhead.
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