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Scottish port eyes up green hydrogen

Scottish port eyes up green hydrogen

The Port of Nigg, Scotland, is looking to produce its own green hydrogen to power daily operations.

Unveiled yesterday (11th Feb), the plans will be explored by Scottish Power, through its Green Hydrogen Business, and Global Energy Group who will identify processes and a plant that could be powered by green hydrogen.

Green hydrogen generated at the Nigg site will be used to power heavy plant, machinery and vehicles used in the daily operations at the site, as well as to power high temperature, energy intensive processes like the manufacturing of offshore wind components.

Commenting on the planned developments, Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s Energy Minister, said, “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.”

“The pace of industry-led hydrogen projects in Scotland is accelerating and I am pleased that ScottishPower, through their recently launched Green Hydrogen Business, have signed an agreement with Global Energy Group at their Port of Nigg site to identify how green hydrogen would be generated at site.”

Barry Carruthers, ScottishPower’s Hydrogen Director, added, “Green hydrogen provides a sustainable, scale-able, long-term energy solution and we are looking forward to working with Global Energy Group to develop and deliver green hydrogen for their operations.”

“The adoption of green hydrogen – a process which uses energy from renewable sources to generate the electricity required to produce the hydrogen – would significantly reduce the carbon emissions at the site.”

“As the UK’s only 100% renewable integrated energy company, ScottishPower is committed to helping the UK decarbonise and reach its net zero targets. While electrification offers the majority of the solution, there are still some parts of the economy that are hard to electrify.”


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