Norwegian offshore drilling company Borr Drilling has teamed up with two other companies to develop a "world-first" offshore green hydrogen jack-up rig production concept.
In a joint statement, Borr with partners Aquaterra Energy and Lhyfe said they will develop an industrial-scale offshore green-hydrogen production concept on a converted jack-up rig in the North Sea.
Aquaterra is involved in offshore engineering solutions, while Lhyfe is a renewable-hydrogen producer and supplier.
"Reliable winds far out in the North Sea are an exceptional renewable resource, yet remote locations create challenges around grid connectivity and intermittency of supply," the partnership said.
They believe the jack-up solution will solve this issue by providing an offtake for the electricity produced in the immediate vicinity of a wind farm. The idea is to use existing platforms, pipelines, terminal infrastructure and offshore equipment.
The concept is still in its early stages, but the consortium welcomes any interested parties to submit enquiries.
Borr Drilling director of operations Darren Sutherland said: “With our expertise in complex offshore operations and fleet management, Borr Drilling will leverage its core capabilities to evaluate the adoption of this alternative-energy source in an environment with a large untapped potential.
"While we will continue to work in our traditional drilling market, this project reinforces our ambition to continuously improve the sustainability of our activities and align our service offering with the changing expectations of our customers and stakeholders."
Lhyfe said it is already producing renewable hydrogen in industrial quantities onshore, with a direct connection to renewable energy, pumping seawater and purifying it to feed the electrolysis process.
Lhyfe has been working on different projects to deploy its production process offshore, and believes offshore wind offers the greatest potential for sustainable hydrogen production because of the cost effectiveness that can be achieved through scalability and technological innovation.
Aquaterra said it was excited to be the interface between Lhyfe and Borr, and would bring its oil and gas engineering and operational expertise and green energy processing systems.