bp bolsters UK blue hydrogen plans by reaching agreements with more potential customers
bp announced that it has agreed on a Memoranda of Understanding with a series of new potential customers for its proposed clean hydrogen production facility in Teesside in north-east England.
In March, bp announced plans for a clean hydrogen facility in Teesside (H2Teesside) that would aim to produce up to 1GW of ‘blue’ hydrogen – 20% of the UK’s hydrogen target – by 2030. At the same time, it announced it had signed initial MoUs to scope the supply of hydrogen to chemicals manufacturer Venator and gas distributor Northern Gas Networks.
bp has now signed MoUs with four further potential customers including CF Fertilisers, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, Sembcorp Energy UK and Alfanar Company.
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Seagreen jacket foundations arrive at Port of Nigg to kickstart installation campaign
Delivery of what will be Scotland's largest offshore wind farm took another major step forward as the first jacket superstructures, destined for the 1.1GW Seagreen project arrived at Port of Nigg in the Cromarty Firth, ahead of their upcoming installation in the deep waters of the North Sea, 27km off the Scottish coast near Angus.
The jacket components, which are to be installed as part of the foundations for the giant 1.1GW Seagreen Offshore Wind Farm, were welcomed to Global Energy Group's Port of Nigg by representatives of project owners TotalEnergies and Scottish renewable energy developer SSE Renewables, along with main contractor Seaway 7.
UK unveils hydrogen strategy
The UK's first-ever Hydrogen Strategy was announced today as part of Boris Johnson's green industrial revolution. The UK government set out the ambition to meet 5GW low carbon hydrogen production by 2030 to replace natural gas in powering homes, transport and businesses (heavy industry).
Additional jobs will be created out of this new energy source alongside decarbonisation, a step forward towards net-zero emissions 2050. 20-35% of the UK's energy consumption by 2050 could be hydrogen-based according to the Climate Change Committee.
A similar approach is being implemented in this hydrogen strategy taken from the previous strategy with offshore wind, which has earned the UK world-leading status in the wind sector.
Vårgrønn and Agder Energi are joined by Green Investment Group to bid for project area in Norwegian offshore wind
Vårgrønn (Eni and HitecVision JV), Agder Energi AS and Macquarie Group's Green Investment Group (GIG) have entered into a consortium that will bid to jointly develop offshore wind in Norway's Sorlige Nordsjo II offshore wind development zone.
The Sorlige Nordsjo II zone is close to the European power market, at shallow water depths with good wind conditions for large-scale power production and will comprise up to 3GW new offshore wind capacity.
Vårgrønn and Agder Energi AS will each own 37.5% and Green Investment Group will own 25% of the consortium. Vårgrønn will be the Project Manager.
BOEM Completes Environmental Review for Wind Project Proposed for Offshore Rhode Island and New York
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has completed its environmental review of the proposed South Fork Wind project offshore New York and Rhode Island
South Fork Wind, LLC is proposing to build an offshore wind energy project approximately 19 miles southeast of Block Island, Rhode Island, and 35 miles east of Montauk Point, New York. The project will deliver approximately 130 MW of power to the South Fork of Long Island, New York. If approved, it would be the second commercial-scale offshore wind project in the United States.
Offshore CCS Planned by 2025 at Project Greensand
The Project Greensand CCS Consortium in Denmark is moving decisively ahead. In the upcoming pilot phase, the consortium will demonstrate that CO2
can be injected into the offshore Nini West reservoir in a cost-effective and environmentally safe manner. The consortium believes the project may in future be able to safely store up to 8 million tonnes of CO2 per year, equivalent to a quarter of all Danish emissions. Wintershall Dea, Europe's leading independent gas and oil company, is a core member of the consortium and has decades of experience in the relevant fields.
CCS receives significant political support in Denmark, with the Danish parliament identifying the technology as a crucial means to meet the country's emissions targets. Project Greensand alone could potentially deliver all the CO2 storage envisaged in the Danish Climate Programme.
The pilot targets the first offshore injection by late 2022. Emissions will be captured at the Danish cement producer, Aalborg Portland, and transported to the Nini West reservoir by ship. If successful, the pilot would lead to full-scale CO2 storage in the Nini West field by 2025, subject to the right funding and regulatory conditions. The Nini West reservoir is located in the Siri Area in the Danish North Sea. Overall, the area is expected to hold a storage potential of 0.5-1 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2025, increasing to a potential 4-8 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2030
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Wintershall Dea and VNG jointly invest in hydrogen pilot project
Wintershall Dea and VNG AG will cooperate more closely in the field of hydrogen in the future and are planning to build a facility to produce climate-friendly 'turquoise' hydrogen as a first step. The two German-based energy companies have signed a cooperation agreement to this effect.
The thermal methane pyrolysis process used by HiiROC, in which both companies recently invested, is to be used and further developed for a specific application together with the facility manufacturer. According to current plans, the pilot facility will go into operation in 2023 and have a nominal capacity of 400 kg of hydrogen per day (equivalent to an annual energy output of almost 5 GWh). This will make the facility the first of its kind to produce so-called turquoise hydrogen in Germany. The companies are already in talks with potential customers for the produced hydrogen, and about a possible location in eastern Germany.
In the methane pyrolysis process, the natural gas is split into hydrogen and solid carbon at high temperatures. The hydrogen can then be used as a decarbonised energy source. The solid carbon, on the other hand, can be used as a valuable raw material in the industry, for example in road or building construction."
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Talos Energy Selected As Winning Bidder For Carbon Capture And Storage Site
Talos Energy Inc announced that, along with its partner Carbonvert, Inc.
was the sole winning bidder partnership for the Texas General Land Office's Jefferson County, Texas carbon storage site located near Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. Following the finalisation of lease documentation, the award will place Talos among a very select group of domestic independent energy companies with a physical project site dedicated to carbon sequestration and storage. Together, Talos and Carbonvert bring the collective experience of a top-tier Gulf of Mexico oil and gas operator with carbon capture, renewables, and financial expertise.
The Company's bid was selected as the only successful proposal among twelve submissions and the Texas School Land Board unanimously approved awarding the lease to Talos and Carbonvert, subject to finalization of lease terms. The Project Site encompasses a total land area of over 40,000 gross acres and is located offshore in Texas state waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Project Site is 100% covered by the Company's existing seismic database and is located close to a large concentration of industrial emitters along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Based on Talos's preliminary understanding of the rock and fluid properties of the saline reservoirs of the Project Site, the Company expects it can ultimately sequester approximately 225 to 275 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from industrial sources in the area. Talos will be the operator of this project.
Kistos confirm Q10A viability and begins plans for low carbon production
Low carbon intensity energy producer Kistos PLC has confirmed the viability of the Q10A discovery from the appraisal well Q10-A-04 drilled by Prospector 1 in the Vlieland sandstone formation within Q07 and Q10 (blue highlighted) blocks, offshore Netherlands.
A maximum stable rate of 3,200 bopd was achieved during a well flow test with good quality of API 33°. Sproule estimated 2C resources of this accumulation to sit between 23.1 and 67.5 Mmboe net. Production is set to re-start at the end of September.
Kistos PLC has a commitment to the provision of low carbon intensity energy supplies. Kistos PLC designed the Q10 platform to be effective in keeping emissions to a minimum and is looking to reroute gas production from Q10-A to a new compression station at Ijmuiden.
In light of this Kistos PLC has recently signed an agreement with Infinergy and Windcollectief Noord-Holland to begin negotiations to acquire Windpark Ferrum consisting of 3 wind turbines that can produce up to 7MW electricity which can supply power to the new compression station to reduce overall carbon emissions of the new plant.
Denmark third renewables tender round launches
Denmark's Danish Energy Agency is calling for bids for its third renewables tender in 2021. Onshore wind turbines, open-door offshore wind turbines, wave energy plants, solar cell plants (PV) and hydropower plants can compete for support. The tender will award up to DKK 1.2 billion (USD 189.5m/EUR 161.4m) in state funds to back roughly 428 MW of renewable energy projects.
The technology-neutral tender will use a contract for difference (CfD) support model where the state assumes a larger share of the long-term risk associated with the development of renewable energy.
As different technologies compete for support in the technology-neutral offer, it is not known in advance how the support will be distributed between solar, wind, wave power and hydropower.
Selected offshore wind projects competing through the open-door procedure must be commissioned within four years from entering into a contract with the Danish Energy Agency, while projects using other technologies need to be grid-connected within two years.