According to Alistair Macfarlane, SNS/EIS Area Manager, an initial study had identified potential for the area, which serves numerous southern North Sea gas fields, to support new developments in blue and green hydrogen, offshore wind power, nuclear, and carbon storage.
After reviewing the responses, the OGA has appointed the following organizations to lead the Bacton Energy Hub Special Interest Groups (SIG):
- Hydrogen Demand SIG – Progressive Energy
- Hydrogen Supply SIG – Sumitomo Corp. and Summit Exploration and Production
- Infrastructure SIG – Xodus
- Supply Chain and Technology SIG – Petrofac
- Regulatory SIG – Hydrogen East.
Over the next few months the groups will agree on terms of reference and determine what is needed to take the Bacton Energy Hub forward.
The OGA is targeting first hydrogen generation by 2030, which would mean achieving the following milestones:
- 2023 – CCS license applications submitted to provide CO2 storage for the Energy Hub
- 2025 – FID on the Bacton Energy Hub concept.