Royal HaskoningDHV has been named environmental consultant by the NortH2 consortium of Shell Nederland, Gasunie, Equinor, RWE and the Groningen Seaports and Groningen Province.
The NortH2 initiative would decarbonize the industry by generating renewable hydrogen as a supplement for the fossil fuels now being used by the industry –thereby leading to the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change.
Green hydrogen systems
NortH2 comprises the whole value chain of green hydrogen in five functional networks from source to end-user: new 10GW+ wind farms in the North Sea 130 km from Eemshaven, onshore power supply facilities, a new electrolyser plant where energy is transferred to green hydrogen, hydrogen supply pipelines to manufacturing clusters in Northwest Europe and underground storage.
As Permits, Consents, Environmental Impacts & Local Stakeholder Consultant, Royal HaskoningDHV will apply its expertise and experience of related dynamic ventures to the environmental and safety aspects of NortH2. It would also include a legislative basis for all elements of NortH2 for development and service. In addition, Royal HaskoningDHV will include a guide for securing the requisite permits and consents and map all applicable stakeholders and environmental and social concerns related to the plans.
These deliverables are part of the evaluation process in which the consortium can take more decisions leading to a final investment decision – scheduled for 2024. The consortium is hoping to manufacture its first renewable hydrogen in 2027.