Neptune Energy Q13a platform

Dutch Offshore Hydrogen Pilot Ready for Take-off

With the addition of Neptune Energy, a new power-to-gas pilot project that is to create the first offshore hydrogen plant in the Dutch North Sea is ready to start. Neptune owns the platform off the coast of Scheveningen that will be used to install a megawatt electrolyser.

The pilot – due to begin production in 2020 – will provide the participants with the opportunity to gain experience in producing hydrogen in an offshore environment. Additionally, it is to create a testing ground for innovative technologies and integrated systems. NexStep, the Dutch Association for Decommissioning and Re-Use, and TNO, the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research have commissioned the hydrogen pilot in close collaboration with the industry.

Q13a Platform

Neptune's Q13a platform is located 13 kilometres off the coast of Scheveningen, the Netherlands. It is the first fully electrified offshore oil platform in the Dutch North Sea allowing it to save approximately 16.5 kilotonnes of CO2 per year.

The hydrogen produced by the electrolyser  that will be placed within a sea container on the platform will be transported via an existing pipeline to a second platform, operated by Taqa. There it will be used to generate electricity for powering the platform.

Valuable Role for Gas in Integration of Energy Systems

Neptune’s Managing Director for the Netherlands, Lex de Groot, said: 'This pilot demonstrates the valuable role gas has to play in the integration of various energy systems, and underlines our commitment to adopting innovative technologies and supporting a sustainable future for our business. The North Sea, where both wind and natural gas are abundantly available, is the perfect testing ground.'

Picture: Neptune Energy's Q13a platform.

Author: Mariska Buitendijk

Mariska Buitendijk is one of SWZ|Maritime's journalists as well as the magazine's copy editor.

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