The Dutch government believes it is possible to host a 10GW offshore wind-to-hydrogen mega-project entirely in its own North Sea territorial waters, one of the partners in the scheme told Recharge, as he urged officials to open talks swiftly over an exact location to help avoid conflict with other sea-users.

Oil supermajor Shell, Gasunie and Groningen Seaports on Thursday unveiled plans for what’s claimed to be Europe’s biggest green hydrogen project in the Netherlands, powered by a 3-4GW offshore wind farm in the North Sea by 2030 that would be expanded to up to 10GW by 2040.