Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub

“The Council has a vision for the Aberdeen City Region to become a world-class energy hub blazing a trail with a replicable model for a low and zero carbon economy at the forefront of hydrogen technology in Europe. We’re proud of the strong global and local partnerships that have developed and see the procurement of a Strategic Partner to support the development of the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub and the City’s Net Zero Vision as key to our continuing success.”

Jenny Laing
Aberdeen City Council Leader

Energy transition 

For decades the Aberdeen City Region has led the global energy sector from the front and is now playing a pivotal role in the global energy transition. The region has a unique position in the global energy supply chain, an extraordinary portfolio of low and zero-carbon assets and capabilities, and various largescale infrastructure projects in the pipeline supporting the drive to net zero.

Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub concept

Aberdeen has a vision to be a world leading hydrogen City and develop Scotland’s first commercially scalable, investable, hydrogen production and distribution facility, making use of the region’s renewable resources to provide a truly ‘green’ fuel supply.   By kick starting the growth of the hydrogen sector initially for transport, the Hub would scale over time to provide hydrogen for heat, industry and export.  

The opportunity 

Aberdeen City Council intends to enter into a joint venture arrangement or consortium opportunity with an investment and delivery partner(s) to bring forward the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub but also to realise the commercial opportunity that hydrogen could provide to the City as part of an energy transition for the Aberdeen supply chain and jobs.  

How to access the tender 

The Contract Notice for the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub has been placed on Public Contracts Scotland

View the Notice

Reference number: JUN418941 with a submission date of 22 July 2021, 12pm UK time.

Indicative procurement timetable

Activity Timescale
Publication of Contract Notice

June 2021

SPD Return Date July 2021
Completion of SPD Shortlisting August 2021
Invitation to Participate in Dialogue August 2021
Initial Tender Deadline August 2021
Dialogue Phase September 2021
Final Tender Deadline October 2021
Preferred Bidder Announcement October 2021
Contract Award TBC


Associated background documents

The City Council’s aspirations towards an energy transition are supported by a number of policy statements, strategies and studies.  

Links to background information on the Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub can be viewed below:

Energy Transition Vision and Strategic Infrastructure Plan

These documents outline Aberdeen City Council’s vision to be a climate positive city.

Aberdeen City Region Hydrogen Strategy

This document was published in 2015 and is part of the Regional Economic Strategy. It outlines the City Council’s aspirations to develop a hydrogen economy in the city region. 

Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub Executive Summary

As part of the Interreg North Sea Region HyTrEc2 project, Aberdeen City Council, Scottish Enterprise and Opportunity North East appointed Element Energy to undertake the business case for establishing a scalable, renewable hydrogen supply in the city.  

NE Scotland H2 Demand Fleet Review (Hydrogen Demand) 

As part of the Interreg Smart HyAware project, Aberdeen City Council in partnership with 11 organisations appointed Cenex to undertake a study on hydrogen demand in North East Scotland.

Hydrogen for District Heat Networks Feasibility Contract Notice

Aberdeen City Council published an Invitation to Tender for a technical study to explore options for hydrogen application in the Council’s District Heat Network. 

This document outlines the strategic business case for a ground mounted solar PV system at the Ness Landfill site to generate green renewable electricity. 

Proposed Aberdeen Local Development Plan 2020 as part of the Energy Transition Zone Feasibility Study

This document allocates land for future development and includes sites identified as part of the proposed Energy Transition Zone. 

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