Orkney's representatives, Liam McArthur MSP and Alistair Carmichael MP, have welcomed proposals announced today to redevelop the Flotta Terminal in Orkney into one of the world's first large-scale green hydrogen hubs.
Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL), the consortium formed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG), has submitted a proposal to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round (ScotWind) to develop the N1 plan option area west of Orkney. If successful, its proposal, called the West of Orkney Windfarm, could deliver renewable power to a green hydrogen production facility at the Flotta Terminal.
Plans to power the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub are being developed by OWPL in partnership with Flotta Terminal’s owner Repsol Sinopec, and Uniper, a leading international energy company and pioneer in the field of hydrogen, have been welcomed locally by the Orkney Islands Council and EMEC.
Commenting, Mr McArthur said:
"Proposals to redevelop Flotta Terminal as a large-scale green hydrogen facility are genuinely exciting. They also provide further evidence of Orkney’s place at the forefront of renewable energy innovation.
"We know hydrogen can help provide solutions to some of the specific challenges faced by island communities in decarbonising our economies. These proposals also have the potential to ensure we achieve a just transition for our existing skilled workforce.
"Plans are obviously still at an early stage and there is a great deal of work to be done. However, given the significant contribution that this project could make towards Scotland and the UK achieving our net zero targets, I hope both governments will back the ambition being shown and help those involved to deliver over the coming years."
Mr Carmichael added:
"Today’s announcement is welcome news for the isles and further afield. It goes to demonstrate that the skills and supply chains of the existing oil and gas industry can be an important part of the just transition to a low carbon economy – and supporting local jobs and growth at the same time. These positive developments are what happens when industry and government work together in partnership.
“We all know that the isles have some of the greatest renewable energy potential in the world and today’s announcement is a reaffirmation of that reality. As we reach COP26 next month it is time for our governments to get in behind the work being done here and support the next phase of growth in marine renewables and green technology."