Recently in the Netherlands Odfjell Well Services supported an operation for a client who has successfully injected hydrogen into the subsurface at their site. This result marks another important step in the development of hydrogen as part of the energy mix of the future.
Large-scale underground storage of hydrogen is an indispensable part of this. Following further successful completion, the Client can continue with the development of storage in salt caverns, the first of which could be operational by 2026.
Odfjell Well Services has performed over 150 rigless jobs in the Netherlands over the last 4 years with the majority of these related to sustainable energy resources such as geothermal energy and hydrogen storage. OWS is fully committed to support and develop more sustainable sources of energy supply.
The use of a rig less system helps clients to minimise output of CO2 during mobilisation, operation, and demobilisation and at the same time reduces the disturbance to the local communities and roads compared to the use of a land rig
About Hydrogen Storage
In order to make the energy system and industry sustainable, carbon-free gases such as green hydrogen are needed to increase the availability of renewable electricity.
This hydrogen must be produced from various renewable energy sources. Since the supply of renewable energy and the demand for carbon-free hydrogen are not synchronous, storage capacity has to be increased.
Salt Caverns ideal for hydrogen storage
From a technical and economic point of view, the storage of hydrogen in salt caverns is the most promising solution, for both the short and the long term. Buffering hydrogen to balance production and usage on a GW scale requires the injection and extraction of large quantities of hydrogen over a short period. Caverns, therefore, need to be developed, as they are particularly suited to delivering hydrogen quickly. The caverns will act as a lung in the hydrogen network and enable the entire energy system in the Netherlands and Europe to achieve their ambitious sustainability targets
This area in Northern Netherlands has the ideal subsoil for developing the salt caverns needed. A large part of this storage potential is located in the province of Groningen. Where there are plans to develop the first large-scale hydrogen storage site here. Four additional caverns can be developed at the current site, with a total storage capacity of 20kt of hydrogen. The site is also particularly suitable because it is close to the natural gas network.