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    Repsol, Naturgy and Reganosa to invest over 300 million in a 200 MW green hydrogen hub in Galicia


    December 9, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The race to deploy green hydrogen as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels in Spain is gaining momentum. If last week it was Cepsa which announced a total investment of 5,000 million euros to turn Andalusia into the great European "hub" of this energy with two plants capable of producing 1GW each, this Friday it has been Repsol, Naturgy and Reganosa which have announced another project to create a pole of 200 MW of this energy in Galicia. Repsol, Naturgy and Reganosa will install an electrolysis plant powered by 100% renewable energy on the land of the former Meirama thermal power plant, in the municipality of Cerceda (A Coruña), which will have an initial capacity of 30 MW, scalable in different phases up to a total potential of 200 MW, as they have explained. The plant will produce more than 4,000 tons of renewable hydrogen per year in the first phase and will reach a total production of 30,000 tons per year. The renewable hydrogen generated in Cerceda will be destined for industrial use to replace the conventional hydrogen currently used by Repsol's refinery in A Coruña, according to the companies. It will also be used in other industries, in injection into the gas network to be mixed with natural gas and in mobility. Renewable hydrogen is one of the pillars of Repsol's strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. For Tomás Malango, the company's Hydrogen Director, "this project is part of Repsol's renewable hydrogen strategy in Galicia and is a milestone in the transformation of the A Coruña refinery into a multi-energy hub that provides decarbonized products to society". The director of New Business at Naturgy, Silvia Sanjoaquín, pointed out that "this project will accelerate the introduction of hydrogen in sectors such as energy, industry and transport, as well as having a great impact on the local economy, in a site of just transition such as Meirama". For his part, the general manager of Reganosa, Emilio Bruquetas, stressed that "15 years ago we provided Galicia with a key infrastructure for the arrival of gas, and the competitiveness of our industry improved substantially. Now, under the leadership of the Xunta de Galicia and surrounded by the best partners, we are participating in the configuration of a new energy ecosystem. The coming Galicia, which is already in the making, will be green, digital and inclusive, and it is a source of pride for us to be able to favor that transformation that we all long for. "According to the companies, the project can position Galicia as a worldwide reference in the production, distribution and consumption of renewable hydrogen, thus favoring the economic growth of the region. "The uniqueness of the project and its large scale give it a high potential for replication in other locations, both nationally and internationally," they said.

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