Aberdeen Hydrogen hub is moving a step closer to the appointment of their new joint venture partner to supply its hydrogen energy needs, following the completion of the evaluation phase from bidders.
The project is progressing quickly with an expected appointment to be made later this year.
The Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub, which is a hydrogen infrastructure development programme working across housing, heating and transport, announced back in June that it is looking for a partner to supply its range of public sector vehicles.
The new partnership will build on the city’s existing hydrogen infrastructure and transport projects, including a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses, public sector vehicles and waste trucks.
The successful bidder will be awarded the first-of-its-kind contract in what will be a flagship moment in the development of hydrogen industry.
The Hydrogen Hub will capitalise on the region’s central role in the development of the rapidly growing offshore wind sector to provide a truly ‘green’ fuel supply for transport, homes and businesses, and accelerate the growth of the hydrogen sector in the region. The appointment of the joint venture partner marks an important step in implementing Aberdeen’s Net Zero Vision and growing the hydrogen sector within the region.
Ryan Houghton, Aberdeen City Council’s Convenor of the City Growth & Resources Committee said: “Selecting a partner to develop the Hydrogen Hub is a significant milestone in Aberdeen’s already successful hydrogen journey. We have had an incredible response from the market for this opportunity and it again shows the appetite and desire for businesses to invest in the region and the energy transition.
“The quality of the bidders has been hugely encouraging and whilst we understand that the organisations behind the submissions not selected will be disappointed, there will be many chances to work together in the future. Aberdeen City Council is committed to anchoring, diversifying and growing a hydrogen supply chain in the city and there are many more opportunities on the horizon to forge strong partnerships.”
“Our competitive and robust process will ensure we can deliver long-term value for not just Aberdeen’s public sector but also for the hydrogen industry here in the North East of Scotland. We look forward to announcing the appointed partner later this year”.
The Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub, and its subsequent phases, have the potential to provide a significant contribution to UK Government and Scottish Government Climate Change targets.
Details on the contract can be found here.
Aberdeen region’s Hydrogen strategy can be found here: Aberdeen Region Hydrogen Strategy and Action Plan 2015 – 2025
The Scottish Government’s Hydrogen policy statement can be read here: Hydrogen Policy Statement