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McKinsey: scaling up clean hydrogen linked to hydrocarbon-rich countries

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Hydrocarbon-rich countries have the potential to effectively produce clean hydrogen at scale, repurposing existing infrastructure and supporting global decarbonisation, according to a new McKinsey study.

McKinsey's new report, 'The clean hydrogen opportunity for hydrocarbon-rich countries', reveals how hydrocarbon-rich countries (HRCs) can leverage their experience in large energy projects, access to abundant renewable energy, and their extensive, highly developed export infrastructure in order to facilitate the scaling up of blue and green hydrogen.

HRCs form a diverse group across a range of climates and geographies, including countries such as Canada, the US, and Saudi Arabia. Not only do these countries possess the hydrocarbons necessary to produce low-carbon blue hydrogen, but they also have experience in developing and operating complex industrial projects, and tend to have the renewable resources to produce green hydrogen at scale. However, experience and developed infrastructure can only achieve so much. Additional investment will be needed to ensure HRCs maximise their position and produce the stable and efficient energy supply required to meet global demand.

For the hydrogen promise to materialize for HRCs, they will need to scale up competitive supply of both blue and green hydrogen. Green hydrogen costs are expected to decline by approximately 50% by 2030, as electrolyser costs fall. HRCs with access to low-cost wind and solar resources will be well placed to build on this green hydrogen momentum in the medium to long-term, while also hedging the risk of blue hydrogen’s cost competitiveness in the decades to come.

With more than 680 large-scale clean hydrogen projects already announced globally – representing more than US$240 billion in mature investments – it is essential that these countries act soon to enhance their current assets and processes for the expected growth.

Maurits Waardenburg, Expert Associate Partner at McKinsey said: “Hydrogen has the capacity to play a fundamental role in curbing greenhouse gas emissions, abating up to 20% of global emissions across the world by 2050. Hydrocarbon-rich countries can enable the transition to clean hydrogen by leveraging their energy production experience, highly developed infrastructure, geographic locations, and access to abundant renewable energy to produce and export hydrogen with very low or zero carbon emissions.”

Markus Wilthaner, Partner at McKinsey said: “The implications of hydrogen energy are particularly important in making progress toward net zero in hard-to-abate sectors. For example, McKinsey’s analysis shows that global low-CO2 flat steel demand could grow to more than 100 t by 2030.

“McKinsey’s research suggests that hydrocarbon-rich countries should build on their competitive advantages and become leaders in clean hydrogen. These actions include investing and focusing on hydrogen equipment manufacturing, hydrogen production, CCUS, hydrogen transportation, clean hydrogen downstream production, and integrated project developers. Investment and action today will help countries access new and growing value pools whilst also driving the journey to a cleaner future.”

Read the article online at: https://www.hydrocarbonengineering.com/clean-fuels/24112022/mckinsey-scaling-up-clean-hydrogen-linked-to-hydrocarbon-rich-countries/

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