In Cuxhaven, gas and oil producer Wintershall Dea is building a plant to generate green hydrogen. Construction has now begun on the project, called "H2Move," which will produce enough H2 to enable emissions-neutral supply to Germany's largest oil field.
According to the company, the groundbreaking ceremony for the electrolyzer construction on the site "An der Baumrönne 2" took place on May 4 near Cuxhaven. According to plans, the plant will have a capacity of 2 MW for the production of CO2-neutral hydrogen as well as compression technology for compression to up to 900 bar. In addition, storage facilities of various pressure levels will be built to enable faster refueling operations in the future.
At the same time, the construction of a network to operate the Mittelplate supply fleet with hydrogen is now beginning. So far, the four supply ships together have covered about 2,500 nautical miles annually to supply the Mittelplate drilling platform. In the process, the vessel "Coastal Liberty" alone consumes around 275,000 liters of diesel annually, Wintershall Dea said.
The hydrogen produced on land is to be transported in tank containers to the ships, where it will be used to generate electricity for the ship's propulsion system via fuel cells. For the conversion, the company had a feasibility study prepared by EnTec Industrial Services.