A FLAGSHIP hydrogen project expected to create hundreds of jobs near Kintore in Aberdeenshire has taken a major step forward.
The company behind it, London-based Statera Energy, has submitted am environmental impact assessment (EIA) “scoping request” to Aberdeenshire Council.
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Seeking council feedback on the development proposals, the document is an important milestone ahead of public consultation events taking place early next year.
Kintore Hydrogen is a 3GW electrolyser project which will use surplus Scottish wind power to create green hydrogen to supply Statera’s power generating facilities and the UK’s most carbon intensive industrial clusters through existing gas transmission pipelines.
The UK Government has backed the initial 500MW phase of Kintore Hydrogen’s development.
Chris Palmer, planning lead, Statera, told the Press & Journal: “The submission of the EIA scoping request is another major milestone for this project, and a significant next step for secure and clean energy production in the UK.
“Kintore Hydrogen is a flagship development that will utilise surplus Scottish wind power, and Aberdeenshire and the north-east’s strategic location to play a vital role in helping the UK meet its future energy targets and the important transition to net-zero.”
Statera said it would be be liaising closely with Aberdeenshire Council, consultees and key stakeholders over the coming months as its proposals continue to develop.
Following feedback from the council and other consultees, a “proposal of application notice” will be submitted to the local authority.