She will lead the development of green ammonia production in Sauda, a renewable power center in Western Norway.
The project, which is also known as ‘Iverson’, is planned to have the capacity in the first phase to produce 600 tons of ammonia per day with an electrolysis capacity of approximately 250MW. The plan is for the facility to be further scaled up becoming one of the largest production facilities for green ammonia in the world.
Økland has for more than 10 years built up and led the cluster organisation Maritime CleanTech and had a central role in the development of several collaborative innovation projects in the Norwegian maritime cluster.
Hy2gen Norge is one of three partners in the Iverson project – the others are the trading company Trafigura and a fund managed by Copenhagen InfrastructurePartners (CIP).
Økland said, “Large-scale development is taking place on the ship technology side to be able to use ammonia as fuel. Now it remains to arrange the delivery of the fuel, which of course must be carbon-free.”
The project will create several hundred jobs in Sauda and be an important contributor to the green industrial transition.
Økland will also assess other locations in Norway and Scandinavia for similar investments in the production of green fuels.
“We want to establish ourselves in locations together with local and international partners where we see a willingness to facilitate new green industrial workplaces, as we see in Sauda. Achieving the climate goals is more important than ever and this involves both huge investments and great industrial opportunities,” she said.