Neptune Energy, Gasunie to partner on North Sea energy project

21 April 2020 (Last Updated April 21st, 2020 16:43)

UK-based Neptune Energy is set to partner with Dutch energy infrastructure firm Gasunie on the PosHYdon green hydrogen project.

Neptune Energy, Gasunie to partner on North Sea energy project
The Q13a is the first fully electrified platform in the Dutch North Sea. Credit: Philippa McKinlay.

UK-based offshore operator Neptune Energy is set to partner with Dutch energy infrastructure firm Gasunie on the PosHYdon green hydrogen project.

Neptune claims PosHYdon will be the world’s first offshore green hydrogen pilot; developed in the Dutch section of the North Sea.

It is designed to integrate energy from offshore gas, offshore wind, and offshore hydrogen in the Dutch North Sea. The project will also involve the installation of a hydrogen-producing plant on Neptune’s Q13a platform.

Neptune Energy said Q13a is the first fully electrified platform in the Dutch North Sea, located about 13km off the coast of Scheveningen. Partners in the platform include EBN (40%) and TAQA Offshore (10%).

Neptune Energy Netherlands managing director Lex de Groot said: “Now these two worlds onshore and offshore are literally connected in terms of infrastructure. The pipelines and infrastructure at sea of ​​NOGAT and Noordgastransport are already suitable for hydrogen and that is good news as offshore production will continue to be crucial to meet Dutch energy demand.

“The Netherlands is in a special position as, in addition to an extensive gas infrastructure network, we can harvest large amounts of wind energy in the North Sea, quantities that are also important internationally.

“The wind energy can be used to generate hydrogen, then transport onshore along with natural gas via the existing large pipelines of NOGAT and Noordgastransport for customers in industry, the transport sector and for Dutch homes. PosHYdon is key to accelerating this.”

Pipline owners NOGAT and Noordgastransport are partners in the PosHYdon consortium, along with Neptune Energy and Gasunie.

In February this year, Neptune Energy produced first gas from the L5a-D4 well in the deepest producing gas field in the Dutch North Sea.