Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has partnered with Enagás, Naturgy, Fertiberia and Vestas to build a project for the large-scale production of green hydrogen and ammonia in Spain.
Project Catalina is pioneering green hydrogen and green ammonia GW-scale project that aims to bring the abundant renewable resources of Aragon to the industrial consumption points on the Spanish Eastern coast through energy-efficient and environmentally friendly infrastructure.
Project Catalina aims to develop 5 GW of combined wind and solar in Aragon (Spain) and produce green hydrogen through a 2 GW electrolyser. Once fully implemented, Catalina will produce enough green hydrogen to supply 30% of Spain’s current hydrogen demand.
Catalina Phase I is currently in an advanced development stage and is expected to be fully developed and permitted in less than two years.
Construction is planned to start at the end of 2023. The project will consist of 1.7 GW of wind and solar energy facilities and a 500 MW electrolyser capable of producing over 40k tonnes/year of green hydrogen.
It will connect Aragón and Valencia via a pipeline transporting green hydrogen to supply a newly built, state-of-the-art green ammonia plant with an annual capacity of 200k tonnes/year. Green ammonia will be further upgraded into green and sustainable fertilisers within Fertiberia’s existing assets at Sagunto (Valencia), a breakthrough in the decarbonisation of the agriculture industry.
Hydrogen will also be blended into the natural gas grid. Catalina Phase I is applying for grid connection in Andorra (Teruel) at the Mudejar auction, where it will have a large socio-economic impact on local Municipalities.
Catalina will bring emissions reductions of 1 million tonnes/year of CO2e in its first phase and up to 2.5 million tonnes/year when it reaches full implementation, a reduction during full implementation equivalent to the annual electricity use of nearly 2 million Spanish households.
Project Catalina will make a significant contribution to Spain’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PERTE) on Renewable Energy, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage (ERHA), positioning Spain as a technology leader in the production and management of green hydrogen.