17th May, 2023

About the Seminar





                                    Wednesday 17 May 2023

CoSLA Conference Centre, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh

 EH12 5BH


About the Conference

The North Sea Hydrogen Ports and Maritime Community (NS HyMaP) will hold a major one day conference in Edinburgh on Wednesday 17 May 2023 to look at the importance of the import and export of hydrogen in the North Sea Region and its positive effects on the creation of a European Hydrogen Market.  Edinburgh has been chosen to host the Conference due to Scotland’s excellent hydrogen export potential. We would like to thank CMB Tech for their sponsorship of the Conference.

The key role of hydrogen imports features strongly in EU hydrogen Strategy and RePower EU.  It is a key element in the Hydrogen Strategies of Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands and these strategies state that the import of hydrogen will be needed by the mid to late 2020s.   Other parts of the North Sea Region will be exporters of green hydrogen and these countries include the United Kingdom, Denmark, and Norway.

Scotland is well placed to export hydrogen and an export strategy plays a major role in the Scottish Government’s Hydrogen Action Plan published in December 2022.  The Action Plan states “It is our ambition for Scotland to become a net exporter of hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives, supplying UK and EU markets by the mid-2020’s.”  The Scottish Government will publish a Hydrogen Sector Export Plan (HSEP) during this year.  It raises a number of issues:

  • Identifying Scotland’s international competitive advantage and target markets
  • Identifying and addressing key market access barriers
  • How Scotland will build relationships with international export partners
  • Export support for Scotland’s hydrogen businesses.

The North Sea Region is already a major producer of hydrogen and there are plans to increase production and receive imports.  The European Commission has plans for the North Sea to become a major import corridor and the International Energy Agency has said the Region “leads the development of low-emission hydrogen as a new energy carrier. This region accounts for around half of Europe’s total hydrogen demand and has a vast and untapped renewable energy potential in the North Sea.”

Major ports in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands are making plans to import hydrogen and its derivatives while companies and governments are striking Memoranda of Understanding to stimulate research and innovation and the development of import/export agreements.  Contracts for Difference and auctions are also being discussed.

However, market and governance barriers remain, and a great deal of work needs to be done in a short time.  These barriers include:

  • Lack of national general policy and regulatory context on objectives with regards to import of renewable hydrogen and hydrogen carriers alongside domestic production
  • Lack of specific national and EU-wide roadmaps for large-scale intra-EU renewable carrier imports
  • Lack of import infrastructures including shipping, terminals, storage, pipelines, distribution stations.
  • Lack of regulations and technical standards for international transportation of hydrogen for import purposes

NS HyMaP has invited senior colleagues from the UK and Scottish Governments, legal firms, ports, and the hydrogen and transport sectors to discuss these important issues and to provide insights into a rapid way forward.


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Registration and coffee


Welcome: Setting the Scene

Jon Jordan, Secretary, NS HyMaP


Realising Scotland’s Export Potential

Hydrogen Co-operation Across the North Sea Region 

Nigel Holmes, Chief Executive, Scottish Hydrogen Fuel Cell Association (SHFCA)

Role of Exports in Scotland’s Hydrogen Action Plan – The Hydrogen Sector Export  

Plan (HSEP)

Ivan Cupull,  Hydrogen Policy and Project Manager, Scottish Government

Hydrogen Exports and the UK Hydrogen Strategy

Oliviero Iurcovich, Import/Export Hydrogen Lead, Dept. of Energy Security & Net Zero, UK Government.   





Hydrogen Export Projects

Export Potential from the Scot2Ger Project and Beyond

Callum Turnbull, Research Engineer, Wood plc

The Scottish Hydrogen Highway to Europe

Martyn Tulloch, Head of Energy System Integration, Net Zero Technology Centre

Exporting from Further Afield: Namibia

Jamie Warner, CMB Tech




Transporting Hydrogen Around the North Sea Region

Maritime Transport Options

Caragh McWhirr, Head of Hydrogen Xodus

The Pipeline Option

Malcolm Forbes-Cable, Wood Mackenzie Ltd


Brede Hertzenberg, Yara International (invited)


Adam Forsyth, Longspur Research






Developing a European Hydrogen Market - Legal and Commercial Considerations for Hydrogen Exports

Bridging the Gaps Between Supply and Demand, Ambition and Reality: a Legal View

 Charles July, Dentons

EU and National Auctions and The Work of H2 Global Foundation

Markus Exenberger, Executive Director, H2 Global Foundation

Satisfying European Standards

Paul Young, TUV-SUD

Supporting Scottish Hydrogen Exports

Murray Bainbridge, Senior Trade Specialist, Energy and Low Carbon Transition, Scottish Development International


Towards a North Sea Hydrogen Ports Network: Final Remarks

Jon Jordan, Secretary NS HyMaP



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Registration and Conference Fees

NS HyMaP Members:   £95

Full Rate:              £140 

All conference fees subject to VAT at 20%

Participants from outside the UK can pay in Euros and VAT is not added to their invoice 


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