Rosatom (the Russian state nuclear energy corporation), Gazprom (a Russian majority state-owned multinational energy corporation), and the Sakhalin Region government have recently agreed to develop hydrogen energy in Sakhalin Island, Russia.
The partners will cooperate to establish a hydrogen production complex in the Sakhalin Region. They will use steam methane reforming using natural gas with further CO2 capture as well as set up the system to supply hydrogen to the Sakhalin Region and the export markets.
Developing hydrogen energy is one of the priorities of the Energy Strategy of the Russian Federation until 2035. The Sakhalin region is keen on developing clean energy, making the region a big export-oriented hydrogen production cluster, and implementing new fuel types in various sectors of the economy. The project is expected to make the region a promising player in the global hydrogen market.
Rosatom is focused on developing low-carbon technologies and involves in building the hydrogen energy market in Russia
In April this year, the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and the Arctic, the Government of the Sakhalin Region and Rosatom signed a cooperation agreement on the project Creation and Development of a Hydrogen Cluster. Furthermore, in the same month, the Government of the Sakhalin Region also signed an MoU with Rusatom Overseas, Air Liquide, to explore the possibility of low-carbon hydrogen production in the region.
Kirill Komarov, First Deputy DG for Development and International Business of the Rosatom, said, “I am sure that Gazprom’s participation and comprehensive support from the Government of the Sakhalin Region will allow this ambitious project to be successfully completed.”