Korea’s SK E&S to work with KBR on hydrogen facility

KBR Inc, a US engineering and construction company, will provide technical advisory solutions to SK E&S for development of hydrogen business in South Korea. The service will focus on the technical side of the project where KBR will help build a 30k tonnes/year liquefied hydrogen facility.

Furthermore, KBR will help SK in the next stage of developing a plan for supplying the hydrogen to various parts of the country. KBR will also review key licensor technologies as a part of the deal. It has licensed over 260 syngas projects involving hydrogen production.

SK E&S is one of the leading players in the South Korea city gas market and a member of one the Kore’s top conglomerate, SK Group. The group recently acquired 10% shares in Plug Power, a US fuel cell maker, for a whopping price tag of US$ 1.5 billion. SK Group has raised its bets on the hydrogen industry and is looking for investment opportunities in assets linked to hydrogen.

It is unclear whether it would be a facility that will process green hydrogen as the company has a strong foothold in both renewable and natural gas. Currently, SK E&S operates renewable energy plants with a total capacity of 110 MW, with 47 MW is generated from solar parks in 36 locations and 63 MW from wind power generation. It has also been developing a fuel cell power generation plant with a capacity of 39.6 MW. It has set very ambitious plans for renewable and wants to build 10 GW capacities locally and 5 GW capacities overseas.

Jay Faris

Jay is the special correspondent covering the hydrogen market for H2 Bulletin. Click on the email icon to send me an email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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