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Project launched to create Hydrogen Highway from Scotland to Rotterdam

An international consortium is launching a study to transport hydrogen in the form of a LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier) from Scotland to Rotterdam. Scotland’s ambition is to produce 5 GW of hydrogen by 2030. The European Union wants to import around 10 GW by 2030.

The LHyTS project seeks to demonstrate that LOHC, in the form of methylcyclohexane (MCH), can be successfully transported at scale, providing an export route to the port of Rotterdam and other European destinations.

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René van de Plas, Director International of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: “Scotland is extremely fit for the production of green hydrogen, because of its abundance of wind and the demand at the continent nearby. On top of that, the area is one of the heartlands of the oil and energy sector.

That ecosystem of knowledge, infrastructure and companies will help to kickstart the hydrogen economy.”

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Paul Massie, Director of Corporate Development and New Energy at EnQuest said, ‘EnQuest is committed to building a New Energy hub at Sullom Voe in Shetland which will produce a million tonnes of green hydrogen a year. With hydrogen a key part of our future plans, we are pleased to participate in this important study.’ 

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Osamu Ikeda, Managing Director, Chiyoda Corporation Netherlands B.V. said, ‘MCH-LOHC technology for its compatibility with existing oil industry’s asset as well as high technology readiness, has great capability to make hydrogen introduce quickly, safely, to Rotterdam from Scotland, that enable energy transition and decarbonization to be promoted.

We hope that this project will become literally LHyTShouse toward the sustainable future.’

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Sarah Potts, Head of Hydrogen at Storegga said, “The north-east of Scotland is playing an important role in developing the huge potential of hydrogen in the UK and Storegga is right at the heart of those efforts with our Acorn Hydrogen project at St. Fergus and our Cromarty Green Hydrogen Project north of Inverness.

We are so pleased to be collaborating on this study with so many other organisations who are also striving to develop a thriving hydrogen industry.”

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Andrew Sneddon, Consulting Director at ERM said, “With the predicted demand for hydrogen in Europe, this project represents a significant step forward in enabling the safe and efficient export of hydrogen to a growing market.

ERM welcomes this opportunity and is very pleased to be part of this initiative that will be at the centre of developing a major contribution to achieving zero emissions energy.”

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Patrick Sarrazin, Executive Vice President New Development & Transformation  at Axens said, “Axens toluene hydrogenation technology, proven since decades in oil&gas industry, allows producing MCH that will be used as LOHC. We are thrilled to join this major energy transition project for Northern Europe.”

UK Government Minister for Scotland John Lamont said, “The launch of the new Hydrogen Highway project will strengthen links with the wider European energy sector and bring new jobs and investment to Scotland. Along with Scottish Government, the UK Government is investing £180million in the Net Zero Technology Centre to support the projects that can deliver our energy transition.”

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