Two Italian companies agreed to develop five electrolysis plants across Italy and in the Mediterranean Basin, H2Bulletin reports. Under the plan, three plants would be built in Italy while two in the Mediterranean Basin.
Saipem (an Italian multinational oilfield services company) and Alboran Hydrogen (an Italian renewable company) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build five green hydrogen production plants.
Saipem will be responsible for the engineering, procurement and construction of the plants as part of the development and eventual implementation activities. Alboran Hydrogen will be responsible for coordinating the technological aspects, taking care of the authorisation activities for the plants and handling the research aspects with institutions.
The partners propose establishing a green hydrogen hub in Italy’s Puglia through the construction of three plants in Brindisi, Taranto and Foggia. The National Energy Technology District, La Sapienza University, the Salento University and the Brindisi Research Centre will also participate in these projects.
Both companies also plan to build one electrolysis plant in Albania to produce green hydrogen, while the plant in Morocco is intended to produce ammonia using green hydrogen.
Simone Pratesi, Chairman of Alboran Hydrogen, said, “The agreement with Saipem will allow us to develop the potential of the project model proposed for Puglia, with the aim of exporting it to the world.”
Maurizio Coratella, COO of Saipem’s onshore E&C Division, commented: “The agreement with Alboran Hydrogen consolidates Saipem’s position as a leading player in the energy transition and decarbonisation and is an important step ahead for the future development of green hydrogen in Italy and the Mediterranean basin.”