Neptune Energy partners with Gasunie for offshore hydrogen project

Gasunie will join Neptune Energy as a new partner on the PosHYdon pilot, the world’s first offshore green hydrogen project.

Offshore wind, offshore gas, and offshore hydrogen will be integrated in the energy system in the Dutch North Sea.

A hydrogen-producing plant on the Neptune-operated Q13a platform will also be installed.

“We are very pleased to welcome Gasunie as a partner. Gasunie is already working hard to accelerate the energy transition, including several hydrogen pilots on land, and have the necessary knowledge and experience with electrolysis in-house.”

Lex de Groot, managing director of Neptune Energy in the Netherlands.

“The Netherlands is in a strong position to lead the transition to a hydrogen economy. We have the North Sea for the production of wind and gas, the ports as logistics hubs, the industrial clusters that want to switch to green molecules and excellent infrastructure for transport and storage.

This comes together nicely in the Netherlands. If we want to achieve our climate ambitions, we must have a large-scale hydrogen infrastructure in good time. This pilot project can be an important step in the right direction.”

Han Fennema, CEO of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie.

Electricity generated by offshore wind turbines will be used to power the hydrogen plant on the Q13a platform, converting seawater into demineralized water, then into hydrogen via electrolysis.

The PosHYdon pilot is an initiative of Nexstep, and TNO, in close collaboration with the industry.

The Q13a is the first fully electrified platform in the Dutch North Sea, located approximately 13 kilometers off the coast of Scheveningen.