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SENER and partners announce launch of green hydrogen plant

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White Summit Capital, Castleton Commodities International (CCI), Nortegas, Bizkaia Energía, and SENER have announced that they will launch the first green hydrogen plant that benefits from the infrastructure of a conventional power generation plant and the national distribution gas network in Amorebieta, Biscay, Spain.

The project will develop a 20 MW green hydrogen plant on the existing gas and electricity infrastructure of the Amorebieta-Boroa combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) plant. The objective is to generate 1500 tpy of green hydrogen from 100% renewable sources, through Certificates of Origin (CO) and green Power Purchase Agreements (PPA), which will avoid the emission of more than 12 000 t of CO2 into the atmosphere.

A portion of the green hydrogen generated will be used in Bizkaia Energía's CCGT plant - next to which the new hydrogen project will be located - in order to reduce the CO2 emissions of the conventional power generation technology. In addition, the hydrogen will be injected into Nortegas' current distribution network, where it will be blended with natural gas, decarbonising part of the current power consumption.

To some extent, this hydrogen could also be used to meet the specific H2 supply needs of the local industry, and to store liquid H2 through chemical carriers.

Finally, a H2 refuelling station will be installed to fulfill the requirements of local public-private fleets of hydrogen-powered heavy vehicles.

Thanks to the strategic location of the plant, and to the competitive advantages provided by the project, part of the H2 production could be exported or monetised by selling Certificates of Origin to other European countries.

The project, which will be developed through an innovative digital twin model, is the first of its kind for the development of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source and will be key in the decarbonisation process of the Spanish energy sector. For this purpose, the project will commit an initial investment of €50 million, and is expected to reach start of operations by the end of 2022 due to the use of existing infrastructure. The intention is to scale-up the project to 200 MW by 2030, implying a total investment of €300 million.

The plant will also generate sustainable employment in the region by giving Boroa's current facilities a future beyond conventional power generation.

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