Aquaterra to develop world-first offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig
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Aquaterra to develop world-first offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig

By Sam Tabahriti 21 Sep 2021 (Last Updated September 21st, 2021 14:59)

A partnership has been signed between Aquaterra Energy, Lhyfe, and Borr Drilling to develop offshore green hydrogen production in the North Sea.

Aquaterra to develop world-first offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig
The consortium will develop an industrial scale offshore green hydrogen production concept. Credit: Aquaterra Energ

In an attempt to solve the issue of challenges around grid connectivity and intermittency of supply in the North Sea, Aquaterra Energy has partnered with Lhyfe and Borr Drilling in a production concept for a world-first offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig.

The consortium will develop an industrial scale offshore green hydrogen production concept, through the deployment of an electrolyser system on a converted jack-up rig in the North Sea.

Aquaterra Energy said that reliable winds far out in the North Sea are an exceptional renewable resource, yet remote locations create challenges around grid connectivity and intermittency of supply.  Project Haldane will solve this issue by providing an offtake for the electricity produced in the immediate vicinity of the windfarm and aims to use existing platforms, pipelines, terminal, infrastructure, and offshore equipment, leveraging the existing infrastructure to reduce costs.

James Larnder, managing director at Aquaterra Energy, said: “We are excited to be the interface that brings together the interest of Lhyfe in offshore markets and expands on Borr Drilling’s expertise in jack-up rig equipment.

“Our unique value here is that we are multilingual in terms of the engineering and operational needs of oil and gas assets, and green energy processing systems”. He also added that they are looking forward to taking the project “from concept to reality”.

The consortium believes, with governments pushing net-zero initiatives forward, that this concept offers an alternative deployment of existing assets that provides both a source of green hydrogen and enhances the commercial feasibility of remote offshore wind projects.

Darren Sutherland, director of operations at Borr Drilling, said that the company “will leverage its core capabilities to evaluate the adoption of this alternative energy source in an environment with a large untapped potential. This project reinforces our ambition to continuously improve the sustainability of our activities”.

Aquaterra was founded in 2005 and is a provider of equipment and solutions to the global offshore energy industry.

The consortium also includes Lhyfe and Borr Drilling. Lhyfe was founded in France in 2017 and it produces and supplies renewable hydrogen for industrial transport. Borr Drilling owns and operates jack-up rigs of modern and high-specification designs providing drilling services to the oil and gas exploration and production industry.