Members of the public are being invited by partners bp and Aberdeen City Council to provide feedback for a new green hydrogen production, storage and distribution facility in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The facility – powered by renewable energy – is set to become Scotland’s first scalable green hydrogen production plant, marking a major milestone in the country’s journey to Net Zero.
Announced by joint venture bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy Limited, the public consultation will be the first of two planned exhibitions designed to ‘help shape plans’ for the facility.
According to the partners, the project would involve building a green hydrogen production and vehicle refuelling facility powered by a purpose-built solar farm, subject to planning permission.
Land at Hareness Road has been earmarked for the hydrogen production facility, which will be connected by an underground solar grid connection to the solar farm, to be built on the former Ness landfill site.
Commenting on the project, Dr. Oliver Taylor, Chief Executive of bp Aberdeen Hydrogen Energy Limited, said, “We’re delighted to be able to share our plans for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub with the public for the first time as we seek to bring members of the community along with us on this exciting next stage in Aberdeen’s hydrogen journey.”
He added that feedback received at the events will help shape the final designs.
“We look forward to engaging with the public, hearing their views, and considering ways we can minimise any potential impacts and benefit the local community as this project progresses,” he added.
The first consultation is scheduled to take place on 10th December 2022, from 10am – 4pm at Torry St. Fittick’s Parish Church, Walker Road, Aberdeen, while the second event is planned for January 2023 and will feature progressed designs harnessing feedback gained from the December event.
Once the 12-week consultation period is completed, the partners intend to submit a planning application for the development to Aberdeen City Council.
Last year, the Scottish Government released the draft of its Hydrogen Action Plan, which laid out the actions to be taken over the following five years to support Scotland’s development of a hydrogen economy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while ensuring a just transition.
The plan commits £100m to the Scottish Hydrogen industry during those five years as part of the Scottish Government’s £180m Emerging Energy Technologies Fund (EETF). By 2026, the Government expects large scale hydrogen production infrastructure to be in place, with links to large-scale carbon capture and storage (CCS) and onshore and offshore wind developments.