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Energy / Statkraft exploring potential for another hydrogen project in Shetland

NORWEGIAN state-owned energy firm Statkraft is exploring the potential for a hydrogen project near Lerwick, Shetland News can reveal.

It is understood the project is looking at the area around 4km outside of Lerwick.

However, it very early stages and more details are expected in due course.

It is one of a number of Shetland-based projects the company is involved in.

It is also exploring possible green hydrogen production at the former Scatsta Airport site.

It is the developer for three wind farms planned in Shetland, representing a total of 47 turbines. These are planned for the outskirts of Lerwick as well as two in Yell.

Speaking generally about the potential for energy projects in Shetland, a Statkraft spokesperson said the company has been “open about seeing Shetland as a key hub for renewables, with its huge potential for wind, solar, hydrogen, battery storage and grid services”.

Green hydrogen can be produced using renewable energy such as wind power.

There are also already plans to develop green hydrogen production at a repurposed Sullom Voe Terminal in the future.

Hydrogen is seen as a possible alternative for fossil fuels, such as for use in transport, in the path to net zero.

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