Offshore wind could power new large-scale green hydrogen facility in Orkney


United KingdomOffshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL), a consortium formed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, TotalEnergies, and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG), is investigating the use of offshore wind to power the industrial production of green hydrogen on the island of Flotta in Orkney, Scotland.

The OWPL consortium has filed a proposal for the N1 plan option area west of Orkney to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round (ScotWind). If approved, the West of Orkney wind farm plan may provide renewable energy to a green hydrogen production facility at the Flotta Terminal.

OWPL is developing plans to power the projected Flotta Hydrogen Hub in collaboration with Flotta Terminal owner Repsol Sinopec and Uniper, a renowned international energy corporation and hydrogen pioneer. Locally, EMEC Hydrogen, which has pushed Orkney’s leadership position in green hydrogen production, has also endorsed the idea.

“We believe that green hydrogen could provide a critical alternative route to market for some of Scotland’s largest offshore wind projects and play a significant role in creating wider economic benefits as the North Sea goes through its energy transition. We look forward to working with the Flotta partners to continue to develop this proposal.” said Edward Northam, Head of Green Investment Group Europe.