Wintershall Dea, Europe’s leading independent gas and oil producer, is planning a major new project to produce clean hydrogen in Germany and store carbon dioxide underground in the North Sea. Wintershall Dea’s project, BlueHyNow, will be developed on the German North Sea coast at Wilhelmshaven. Wilhelmshaven already boasts strong, networked infrastructure: two nearby landing points for gas from Norway, the possibility of hydrogen storage in neighbouring facilities, and a direct link to the planned German hydrogen network. It has a deep-water port where large tankers can also dock. And CO2 can also be transported from Wilhelmshaven. Work on setting up a first LNG terminal in the coastal town in Northern Germany is now also beginning.With the BlueHyNow project, Wintershall Dea aims to produce eco-friendly hydrogen from natural gas at the Wilhelmshaven energy hub. The project aims to produce over 200,000 cubic metres of hydrogen per hour. The produced hydrogen will be fed into the pipeline network and supplied to industrial customers, who by using the decarbonised fuel will reduce their CO2 emissions. CO2 separated off during the production of hydrogen will be shipped by sea to offshore locations in in Norway and Denmark and stored under the seabed in underground reservoirs. By setting up this CO2 storage infrastructure, the project will also enable storage of unavoidable CO2 emissions from energy-intensive industries. It could even facilitate negative emissions if bioenergy is used with carbon capture and storage BECCS.