Danish wind power company Orsted and oil & gas giant BP Plc agreed to build a large scale green hydrogen plant at BP Lingen Refinery in Emsland, Germany. The plant which is scheduled to be operational in 2024 will be comprised of 50 MW electrolyser systems, able to produce one tonne of renewable hydrogen per hour or around 9,000 t/year.
The project goal is to achieve a long term ambitious plan to generate over 500 MW of renewable hydrogen in Lingen to meet hydrogen demand for both renewable hydrogen and feedstock for future synthetic fuel development. An offshore wind farm in Orsted North Sea is planned to fuel the electrolyser. Both partners companies jointly applied for funding from the EU Innovation Fund for the project.
Martin Neubert, Executive Vice President for Orsted, says: “Heavy industries such as refineries use large quantities of hydrogen in their manufacturing processes. They will continue to need hydrogen, but replacing the currently fossil-based hydrogen with hydrogen produced from renewable energy can help these industries dramatically lower their CO2 footprint.”
Dev Sanyal, BP’s executive vice president for gas and low carbon, says: “Hydrogen will have an increasing role to play in meeting the energy demands of a decarbonising world. And we are determined to build a leading position in this emerging industry.”