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RWE and Shell look at green hydrogen projects in North East England

Oil and energy major Shell has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with electricity generator RWE to further projects that involve producing, using and distributing green hydrogen, as well as exploring ways to decarbonise some of RWE’s biomass- and gas-fired power stations.

The MoU between Shell New Energy and RWE will also investigate potential projects for producing green hydrogen in North East England, which includes industrial areas like Humberside and Teesside. Power could be supplied on a gigawatt scale to green hydrogen factories from offshore wind turbines, which may well use the Shell Omala S5 Wind 320 gear oil, meaning that there would be no carbon emissions from the production process.

The companies will also look at ways to get hydrogen to customers through hydrogen pipelines and sites that potentially have the capacity for such infrastructure. Once concrete options have been identified, they will then be used to guide investment decisions.

Shell’s director for renewables, integrated gas and energy solutions, Wael Sawan, said that his company was pleased to have come to an agreement with RWE, with them sharing the belief that:

“Progress towards net-zero emissions needs government policy to support the energy transition and our customers’ needs for low-carbon energy solutions. It makes sense for us to evaluate the potential of joint decarbonisation projects and make the best of the global energy experience both companies bring to the table.”

Shell and RWE already cooperate in two projects, namely Germany’s AquaVentus project and the Netherlands’ NortH2 project.

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