Clean energy, sustainable jobs and a green future

A leading energy industry partnership is investigating the opportunity for offshore wind to power the production of green hydrogen on an industrial scale on the island of Flotta in Orkney, Scotland.

Plans to power the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub are being investigated by Offshore Wind Power Limited (OWPL), a consortium formed by Macquarie’s Green Investment Group (GIG), TotalEnergies and Scottish developer Renewable Infrastructure Development Group (RIDG).

They have submitted a proposal to the Crown Estate Scotland’s offshore wind leasing round (ScotWind) to develop the N1 plan option area west of Orkney. If successful, their proposal – called the West of Orkney Windfarm – could deliver part of its low carbon capacity to the proposed Flotta Hydrogen Hub. 

The proposal is being explored by OWPL in partnership with Repsol Sinopec, the Flotta Terminal owner, and Uniper, a leading international energy company and pioneer in the field of hydrogen.

Low carbon ambition

This potential £multi-billion project would utilise a repurposed area of the existing Flotta Terminal to create a green hydrogen hub powered by offshore wind projects in the seas to the west of Orkney.

If successful, this ambitious plan – which could be realised in the later years of this decade – would deliver a new wave of renewable employment alongside significant quantities of green hydrogen.

This hydrogen could be exported to Europe or other destinations, blended into the gas grid at St Fergus and drive forward an international maritime green hydrogen refueling hub.

If realised, the Flotta Hydrogen Hub would contribute significantly to the UK’s low carbon ambitions, create long-term skilled jobs and place Scotland front and centre of the evolving global hydrogen revolution.

The proposal is supported locally by EMEC Hydrogen which has spearheaded Orkney’s leading position in green hydrogen production.

A possible new future for Flotta

This potential £multi-billion project would utilise a repurposed area of the Flotta Terminal to create a green hydrogen hub powered by offshore wind around Orkney. This would offer:

  • New employment opportunities for existing workers
  • Significant inward investment
  • 25+ years of operation
  • A maritime low carbon refuelling port

All ensuring that Orkney remains at the heart of the UK's evolving energy revolution.