Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with As Norske Shell to take part in developing the Aukra Hydrogen Hub through exploring opportunities, a press release declared.

Aukra Hydorgen hub is designed to be large scale production facility for clean hydrogen using natural gas produced from the local gas processing plant at Nyhamna.

The hydrogen that will be produced form Aukra can be used to decarbonize local industrial processes, provide emission-free fuel for sea and road transport as well as being exported to European hydrogen consumers.

CEO of Aker Clean Hydrogen, Knut Nyborg, said: “This is an important milestone for us. I’m very happy to have Shell onboard as a partner together with CapeOmega on this project, as all three partners have a strong connection to the Nyhamna terminal, and together we have got what it takes to develop, build and operate the Aukra Hydrogen Hub safely and cost-efficiently.”

For his part, Marianne J. Olsnes, Managing Director of A/S Norske Shell, commented “Shell’s target is to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050. Joining forces with Aker Clean Hydrogen and CapeOmega to work on the exciting opportunities within the Aukra hydrogen hub is a natural step on our path towards reaching our target.”

Shell is the operator of the Ormen Lange gas field on the Norwegian continental shelf and Technical Service Provider at the related gas plant at Nyhamna in Aukra.

It is also an owner in the Northern Lights Joint Venture, a CO2 transportation and storage partnership.