The hubs could comprise existing oil and gas production centers, carbon storage and hydrogen production facilities, extending the lives of producing fields while at the same time reducing carbon emissions.
Under the agreement, the companies will assess potential for directing electricity from Ørsted’s Hornsea offshore wind farm projects to power future Neptune-operated hubs in the UK North Sea.
Goal7 will provide project management support and technical input.
Neptune Energy’s Director of New Energy, Pierre Girard, said his company had submitted three applications under the UK’s recent Carbon Dioxide Appraisal and Storage Licensing Round.
“Securing the licenses would enable us to develop future proposals for integrated energy hubs in the UK North Sea," he said. “In parallel, the agreement with Ørsted and Goal7 will support research into the potential use of wind-generated renewable electricity to power these hubs, which could comprise new and repurposed offshore assets and bring together hydrogen production and carbon injection facilities.”
The North Sea Transition Authority is set to award storage licenses early in 2023.