DEME Offshore joins as a partner in the PosHYdon project, a pilot that aims to integrate three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas and offshore hydrogen by producing hydrogen from seawater on Neptune Energy’s Q13a production platform.
DEME will provide the hydrogen unit for installation on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform. The Belgian company will also be involved in the transport and installation of the onshore Hydrogen unit to the Q13a platform.
According to Lex de Groot, Managing Director of Neptune Energy in the Netherlands, DEME’s knowledge of connecting wind farms will not only be important for the pilot, but will also to gain experience for the follow-up projects after PosHYdon.
“The expertise that DEME has built worldwide helps us all to scale up after PosHYdon from 1 MW to 100 MW – a crucial step for further developing offshore wind energy and enabling conversion to hydrogen in the North Sea.
“This will be important for windfarms far away from the coast which will be built after 2030, particularly given electricity prices are so low, which could slow down the further development of offshore windfarms. This development is essential to support achieving future climate targets.”
DEME’s expertise in the field of producing green hydrogen was recently underlined with new partnerships signed via subsidiary DEME Concessions in the ports of Ostend in Belgium, and Duqm in Oman.
Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore, said: “PosHYdon is a starting point. DEME is involved in the conceptual design of a 100 MW offshore Hydrogen gas production plant and Task leader in the evaluation of the business case in line with this 100 MW concept.
PosHYdon is an initiative of Nexstep, the Dutch association for decommissioning and reuse, and TNO, the Netherlands organisation for applied scientific research, in close collaboration with the industry.
DEME is the latest partner to join the pilot, following Neptune’s announcement in April regarding Gasunie, Noordgastransport BV, NOGAT BV, and Eneco. Partners in the Q13a-A platform are: EBN B.V. (40%) and TAQA Offshore B.V. (10%).