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Posted on November 12, 2020 by  & 
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bp and Ørsted to Create Renewable Hydrogen Partnership in Germany

  • Plan to jointly develop industrial-scale electrolyser project for green hydrogen ‎production ‎
  • Powered by Ørsted offshore wind, project will initially replace 20% of natural gas-‎based hydrogen used at bp's Lingen refinery ‎
  • Scale of project will support future reduction in green hydrogen costs ‎
  • bp's first full-scale green hydrogen project, a significant step in strategic ‎development of new hydrogen business aligned with German and EU hydrogen ‎strategies
bp and Ørsted have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to work together to develop a ‎project for industrial-scale production of green hydrogen - a significant step in developing ‎bp's hydrogen business. Green hydrogen is made by the electrolysis of water using ‎renewable power, producing zero emissions.
In their proposed Lingen Green Hydrogen project, the two firms intend to build an initial 50 ‎megawatt (MW) electrolyser and associated infrastructure at bp's Lingen Refinery in north-‎west Germany. This will be powered by renewable energy generated by an Ørsted offshore ‎wind farm in the North Sea and the hydrogen produced will be used in the refinery.‎
Under their LOI, bp and Ørsted will now work together to further define the project, agree ‎definitive documents and plan to make a final investment decision (FID) early 2022, subject ‎to appropriate enabling policies being in place. The companies anticipate the project could be ‎operational by 2024.
Electrolysis splits water into hydrogen and oxygen gases. When powered by renewable ‎energy, this produces 'green' hydrogen, without generating direct carbon emissions. ‎Hydrogen is widely used in refinery processes where - as in Lingen - it is now typically ‎produced by reforming natural gas, which does result in CO2 emissions. This is also known ‎as 'grey' hydrogen.‎
The 50 MW electrolyser project is expected to produce one tonne an hour of green ‎hydrogen or almost 9,000 tonnes a year. This would be sufficient to replace around 20% of ‎the refinery's current grey hydrogen consumption, avoiding around 80,000 tonnes of CO2 ‎equivalent emissions a year - equivalent to the emissions from around 45,000 cars in ‎Germany.
Dev Sanyal, bp's executive vice president for gas and low carbon, said: "Hydrogen will have ‎an increasing role to play in meeting the energy demands of a decarbonizing world. And we ‎are determined to build a leading position in this emerging industry. Bringing together Ørsted ‎and bp, Lingen Green Hydrogen offers the opportunity both to accelerate significant ‎emissions reduction in our refinery and build experience of large-scale green hydrogen ‎production and deployment. This has the potential to play an important role in the ‎development of a hydrogen economy, in Germany and beyond."‎
Martin Neubert, executive vice president and CEO of offshore wind for Ørsted, added: ‎‎"Heavy industries such as refineries use large quantities of hydrogen in their manufacturing ‎processes. They will continue to need hydrogen, but replacing the current fossil-based ‎hydrogen with hydrogen produced from renewable energy can help these industries ‎dramatically lower their CO2 footprint. But first, renewable hydrogen has to become cost ‎competitive with fossil-based hydrogen, and for that we need projects such as this with bp's ‎Lingen refinery which will demonstrate the electrolyser technology at large scale and ‎showcase real-life application of hydrogen based on offshore wind."‎
In the coming decades, hydrogen is expected to play a critical role in decarbonising the ‎power, industry and transport sectors, especially those that are hard-to-electrify or ‎expensive-to-electrify. The development of businesses in emerging technologies such as ‎hydrogen and carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) is an integral part of bp's strategy of ‎transforming to an integrated energy company.‎
In addition to green hydrogen production, bp and Ørsted intend to focus on maximising the ‎efficiency of the project's electrolysis system, including assessing sustainable uses for the ‎main by-products of the process, primarily oxygen and low-grade excess heat.‎
The project is also intended to support a longer-term ambition to build more than 500MW of ‎renewable-powered electrolysis capacity at Lingen. This could provide green hydrogen to ‎both meet all the refinery's hydrogen demand and provide feedstock for potential future ‎synthetic fuel production.
bp and Ørsted have together applied for funding for the Lingen Green Hydrogen project from ‎the EU Innovation Fund - one of the largest funding programmes for innovative low carbon ‎technologies, focusing particularly on energy intensive industries.
The Lingen Refinery processes about five million tonnes of crude oil a year (c 100,000 barrels ‎a day), producing fuels, heating oil and chemical feedstocks. In 2018 Lingen conducted the ‎world's first trial of green hydrogen in a fuels refinery.‎
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About bp
bp's purpose is to reimagine energy for people and our planet. It has set out an ambition to ‎be a net ‎zero company by 2050, or sooner, and help the world get to net zero, and recently ‎announced its ‎strategy for delivering on that ambition. For more information visit‎
About Ørsted
The Ørsted vision is a world that runs entirely on green energy. Ørsted develops, ‎constructs and operates offshore and onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage ‎facilities,‎ and bioenergy plants, and provides energy products to its customers. Ørsted ranks #1 in ‎Corporate Knights' 2020 index of the Global 100 most sustainable corporations in the ‎world and is recognized on the CDP Climate Change A List as a global leader on climate action. ‎Headquartered in Denmark, Ørsted employs 6,120 people. Ørsted's shares are listed on Nasdaq Copenhagen (Orsted). In 2019, the group's revenue was DKK 67.8 billion (EUR 9.1 ‎billion).‎
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