bp contemplates hydrogen hub, infrastructure repurposing in Germany

Jan. 18, 2023
bp PLC will evaluate the feasibility of building a new hydrogen hub in in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, as well as the use of repurposed oil and gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen.

bp PLC will evaluate the feasibility of building a new hydrogen hub in in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, as well as the use of repurposed oil and gas infrastructure to transport hydrogen.

The project would include an industrial-scale ammonia cracker which could provide up to 130,000 tons/yr of low-carbon hydrogen from green ammonia starting in 2028, the company said in a release Jan. 18.

Green ammonia is produced by combining nitrogen with hydrogen derived from the electrolysis of water using renewable energy sources. bp will ship green ammonia from green hydrogen projects around the world to Wilhelmshaven. The cracker converts the green ammonia back into green hydrogen by splitting the larger molecule into its smaller nitrogen and hydrogen components which can then be used directly.

bp’s plans include using existing infrastructure at Nord-West Oelleitung (NWO) terminal, where bp is as a participating shareholder. The deepwater harbor and pipeline system could support energy transition activities, bp said.

Utilization of current oil and gas pipelines could support hydrogen transport to the Ruhr region and other demand centers, it said.