H2 Production, the subsidiary of CCB Energy, will become a producer of pure hydrogen and other hydrogen/energy carriers at the Energy Park in Øygarden. With owners who have an extensive background from the energy and petroleum industry, the company has long experience and important knowledge. The facility itself is driven by ZEG's unique and patented technology and will be the world's first hydrogen plant based on natural gas with integrated carbon capture.
The facility at the Energy Park will produce pure hydrogen from natural gas, as well as capture CO2 from the production and permanently store CO2 under the seabed. In this way, H2 Production will become a very important contributor to utilizing Norway's vast resources of natural gas in a climate-friendly way. This will also be important for creating competitive alternatives to existing fossil products. Planned start-up and installation of the pilot facility will take place in 2023. The first production phase will be based on a test facility that produces a limited amount of hydrogen. In the next phase, the facility will be scaled up and a large-scale production facility will be established.
The Energy Park will be a very favorable location for the placement of the hydrogen facility to ensure a complete and sustainable value chain, as well as local solutions. A short 1,500 meters from the facility is a natural gas terminal that receives natural gas directly from the North Sea. Two gas pipes go from this terminal through the Energy Park and make the gas available. CO2 captured from hydrogen production will be deposited at Northern Lights, 800 meters from the hydrogen facility, and then transported through pipes for permanent storage in reservoirs. In addition, the Energy Park is located a short distance from the main maritime route and Ågotnes, where the future Bergen public harbor will be located. This will create a transport hub for future users of hydrogen and hydrogen/energy carriers. Waste products from the production such as heat and CO2 can also be used as resources for nearby industries. These local solutions will lead to the lowest possible carbon footprint and contribute to reaching the climate goals.