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AquaVentus Wind to Hydrogen Initiative Continues to Grow With Addition of Two Dutch Gas Pipeline Operators

By November 17, 2021 3   min read  (593 words)

November 17, 2021 |

Fuel cells works, AquaVentus Offshore Wind-to-hydrogen Initiative Is Growing Faster and Faster
  • Growth underscores the importance of offshore hydrogen production in the North Sea
  • The AquaVentus initiative continues to grow. This means a great opportunity for the climate-neutral, national and European energy system we are striving for.

Helgoland / Berlin— On the way to climate neutrality, no one can ignore green hydrogen, neither internationally nor nationally. The AquaVentus initiative, which hired eight new members last month, has also noticed this. This increases the membership network of the AquaVentus Förderverein to 79.

“The interest in AquaVentus and the vision of 1 million tons of green hydrogen from the North Sea continues to be great,” says Jörg Singer, chairman of the board of directors and co-initiator of the project. “Our holistic concept, from hydrogen generation through offshore electrolysis, to transport by pipeline to use on Helgoland in the heating sector and as a ship propulsion system in the form of LOHC (“ Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carriers ”) has convinced many national and international companies as well as research institutes, ”he emphasizes.

The newly added companies come from the fields of pipeline operation, oil and gas production, consulting, offshore installation and Power-to-X. A lot of support comes from the Netherlands.

Expertise in pipeline operation and offshore production

Two Dutch pipeline owners and operators are new to the team: NOGAT BV and NGT BV (Noordgastransport) as well as the oil and gas production company Neptune Energy Netherlands.

NOGAT is also the name of a gas pipeline system in the Dutch North Sea that the company operates. The pipelines also deliver gas from Denmark and Germany to Den Helder in the Netherlands. The Dutch gas transport company NGT operates a pipeline network of around 500 km in the North Sea. The company also liquefies large quantities of the transported gas.

Neptune Energy Netherlands is part of the international Neptune Energy Group, with activities in Europe, North Africa and Asia-Pacific. The group mainly produces oil and gas. Neptune Energy Netherlands is also involved in PosHYdon via the Q13a-A platform off the coast of The Hague. The pilot project is testing the generation of green hydrogen using electricity from offshore wind on a central platform in the sea. Neptune Energy, NOGAT and NGT (Noordgastransport) are all members of the PosHYdon consortium.
Saipem is also positioned globally. The company, based in Italy, specializes in the installation, construction, commissioning and dismantling of on- and offshore platforms and foundations. Above all, Saipem wants to support customers who contribute to the expansion of renewable energies.

Reinforcement in technical advice and planning

Founded in Denmark in 1945, Ramboll is an international engineering, management and architecture consultancy. Ramboll has proven consulting expertise in the areas of hydrogen, offshore wind and oil and gas. The portfolio ranges from concept development to implementation planning.
Also new is Gicon-Großmann Ingenieur Consult, based in Dresden. The consulting and planning office offers engineering services and expert expert services in the areas of plant and construction planning, environmental and permit planning, technical information technology as well as research and technology development.

Offshore construction and sector coupling

The Dutch company Heerema Marine Contractors SE is one of three Heerema companies and has specialized in the transport, installation and dismantling of offshore infrastructure.
Last but not least, a young company from Berlin, Ptx Development GmbH, is new on board. It is an amalgamation of CILIX Asset Management, GP JOULE and Undkrauss Baugesellschaft. The aim of Ptx Development is to generate hydrogen with electricity from wind power and photovoltaics. To this end, the company would like to acquire areas for green electricity systems to be built or for existing systems.

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