Snam and Edison have joined Saipem and Alboran Hydrogen to develop the Puglia Green Hydrogen Valley project in Italy.
Saipem and Alboran already signed a cooperation agreement last January. The Puglia Green Hydrogen Valley project aims to help accelerate the uptake of green hydrogen within Italy’s energy mix to achieve climate neutrality targets by 2050. The project plans to develop three green hydrogen production plants in Brindisi, Taranto and Cerignola (Foggia) for a total capacity of 220 MW and powered by a photovoltaic production of 380 MW in total.
Once the three plants are operational, they will produce around 300 million cubic metres/year of renewable hydrogen. The hydrogen is intended to be used by local industries, including blending it in Snam’s local gas network as well as employed for sustainable mobility.
The authorisation process for the Brindisi project is already underway, involving building a production plant for green hydrogen using electrolysers with a capacity of 60 MW that will be powered by a PV farm.
Moreover, the partners will invest in R&D to promote the creation and development of competencies and a production chain dedicated to the hydrogen industry in Puglia.
The partners to establish a special purpose company for running the project, where Alboran, Edison and Snam will hold 30% share while Saipem to hold 10% following the signing of binding agreements that still have to be negotiated by the parties subject to the relevant regulatory frameworks.
The entire Puglia Green Hydrogen Valley project will enable sustaining and involving key regional players, including:
- Acquedotto Pugliese water supply company
- Appulo Lucane Railways
- Puglia’s technological and production districts
- Polytechnic of Bari
- Universities of Bari