The first concrete incursion of AES Andes in the so-called "fuel of the future" met -as anticipated in October- a new milestone. The company informed this Wednesday that it formally began the period of public offering of green hydrogen in the framework of the Open Season process carried out by the power company. This, hand in hand with its Adelaida project to be executed within the facilities of the Angamos Thermoelectric Power Plant -whose estimated investment amount involves approximately US$ 10 million- and consists of the production, storage, refueling station and distribution of green hydrogen.
The initiative is presented by the company as the first to be carried out in Chile and aims to generate the conditions to massify the use of green hydrogen in the future. In this line, AES Andes announced Wednesday that the request for the bases of the public and transparent process is already available on the website aesandes.com, from where any interested company may request the necessary documentation to perform their analysis and thus bid for a block of H2V.
The green hydrogen will come from Adelaida, a project that contemplates the construction and operation of an H2V production plant, located adjacent to the facilities of the Angamos power plant in Mejillones, Antofagasta Region. The initiative will have a refueling station (hydrolinera) that seeks to make electromobility viable in the region and promote the change of fuels in the transport sector towards 100% renewable and emission-free solutions.
The firm also said it will have two H2V refueling stations for vehicles using hydrogen as fuel, especially mining companies, ports or other industries interested in having a safe and reliable supply. Adelaide will have a production capacity of 1,000 kg/day of this 100% renewable fuel. The H2V will be produced through an electrolysis process with an equivalent capacity of 2.5 MW, powered by renewable energy and desalinated water.
After obtaining its environmental approval in October this year, construction of Adelaide would begin in mid-2023, and is expected to be operational during 2024.
The Open Season process formally began today. Through a public, open and transparent offer, it seeks to resolve all kinds of doubts from companies interested in having green hydrogen supply, so a first round of questions will be received until December 30, which will be answered within 15 days. Then a second round of consultations is contemplated until February 3, 2023, with a term of response also of 15 days. The final deadline for receipt of bids is April 7, 2023.
In a statement, the CEO of AES Andes, Javier Dib, said that "with this Open Season of green hydrogen in the country, we seek to activate the market and trigger a concrete demand from companies interested in having more sustainable and environmentally friendly operations".
The executive added that "we are very proud to be able to reach our current and potential customers with this type of solutions. This is the first green hydrogen Open Season to be held in South America and it is also an excellent showcase for the country.