Neptune Energy Welcomes DEME as a Partner In The POSHYDON Offshore Green Hydrogen Pilot

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Posted June 2, 2020

Today, Neptune Energy and DEME announce that DEME Offshore is joining the PosHYdon offshore hydrogen pilot as partner. DEME is the world leader in offshore wind energy and recently entered into partnerships through its subsidiary DEME Concessions for green hydrogen production in the ports of Ostend (Belgium) and Duqm (Oman).

PosHYdon integrates three energy systems in the North Sea: offshore wind, offshore gas and offshore hydrogen and takes place on Neptune Energy’s Q13a platform. This production platform is the first fully electrified platform on the Dutch North Sea and is approximately 13 kilometres off the coast of Scheveningen.

From 1 to 100 MW
Lex de Groot, Managing Director of Neptune Energy in the Netherlands, welcomes DEME. “It’s great to see so many leading companies join PosHYdon. Integrating energy systems at sea is a new expertise. DEME's knowledge for connecting wind farms is crucial. Not only for this pilot, but also to gain experience in the follow-up processes after PosHYdon. The expertise DEME has built up worldwide helps us all to scale up from 1 MW to 100 MW or more after this pilot,” he says. “This is a crucial step that paves the way for the further development of offshore wind energy and the conversion to hydrogen in the North Sea. This will be particularly interesting for wind farms far away from the coast that will be built after 2030. Especially now that electricity prices are so low, which can slow down the development of offshore wind farms needed to meet climate targets. In addition, the fluctuations of wind at sea can be mitigated by converting this energy at sea into hydrogen.”

Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore: “DEME has an ongoing focus on new markets and developing opportunities. Together with DEME Concessions, we consider the system integration, green hydrogen production and electrification of existing platforms at sea a very interesting market. PosHYdon is a starting point. DEME is involved in the conceptual design of a 100 MW offshore hydrogen gas production plant. We are also the Task Leader when evaluating the business case in line with this 100 MW concept. We will also be involved in the transport to and installation of the onshore H2- unit on the Q13a platform. We are very pleased to be able to join the strong partners within the consortium and the collaboration with Neptune Energy, one of the pioneers in this market.”

Consortium
The pilot is an initiative of Nexstep, a national platform for reuse and decommissioning, and knowledge institute TNO in close cooperation with the industry. Previously, Gasunie, Noordgastransport BV, NOGAT BV and Eneco joined the PosHYdon consortium.

Partners in the Q13a-A platform are: EBN B.V. (40%) and TAQA Offshore B.V. (10%).

About DEME

DEME is a world leader in the highly specialised fields of dredging, solutions for the offshore energy industry, infra marine and environmental works. The company can build on more than 140 years of know-how and experience and has fostered a pioneering approach throughout its history, enabling it to be a front runner in innovation and new technologies.

DEME’s vision is to work towards a sustainable future by offering solutions for global challenges: a rising sea level, a growing population, reduction of CO2 emissions, polluted rivers and soils and the scarcity of natural resources.

While the company’s roots are in Belgium, DEME has built a strong presence in all of the world’s seas and continents, operating in more than 90 countries worldwide. DEME can rely on 5,200 highly skilled professionals across the globe. With a versatile and modern fleet of over 100 vessels, backed by a broad range of auxiliary equipment, the company can provide solutions for even the most complex projects.

DEME achieved a turnover of 2.62 billion euros in 2019.

Source: deme-group