H2opZee green hydrogen feasibility study contracts handed out

RWE and Neptune Energy’s H2opZee partnership awarded a series of technical feasibility study contracts to Siemens Gamesa, as well as H2SEA and Enersea.

These will support concept engineering work as part of the project’s feasibility phase. The group hopes to complete the offshore green hydrogen project H2opZee in the North Sea by 2030.

The H2opZee initiative was unveiled in February of this year, and the consortium’s development plans are still in the works. A collaborative feasibility study began in June 2022 and is expected to last until the start of summer 2023. The research is part of the first phase of H2opZee, in which various technical concepts and potential development sites are being assessed in order to determine the best solution for producing green hydrogen offshore. This green hydrogen will be transported to shore by pipeline. The project will be implemented in the second phase. A tender mechanism has yet to be defined for that phase.

Offshore platform concept design and engineering was granted to H2SEA; pipeline concept design was awarded to Enersea; and Wind Turbine Generator systems concept work was awarded to Siemens Gamesa.

RWE and Neptune Energy will support the remaining technical work with in-house engineering. The partnership is also collaborating closely with offshore infrastructure owners to assess alternative export possibilities to shore via the existing pipeline network.