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    Meirama green hydrogen plant could reach 200MW and create more than 400 jobs


    December 9, 2022 - CE Noticias Financieras

     

      The first vice-president of the Xunta, Francisco Conde, met this Friday with representatives of Reganosa, Repsol and Naturgy to analyze the project of the green hydrogen plant of Meirama (A Coruña), which will have in its first phase with a power of 30 MW and can reach up to 200 MW. In addition, 400 jobs are expected to be created in this initial phase.

      The renewable hydrogen plant will have an initial power of 30 MW, scalable in different phases up to a total potential of 200 MW. It 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.

      Conde explained in statements to the media this Friday after the meeting that the Xunta "will expedite the process from the administrative point of view, once the application is submitted to declare the project as a priority business initiative".

      He also stressed that "the project will allow to decarbonize the economy and consolidate the development of industrial projects in Galicia". In addition, he pointed out that he expects the community to be "a reference from the point of view of green hydrogen in Spain".

      In this line, he indicated that it is "one more step in the energy transition" and that, in this case, "it is linked to an area of just transition such as Meirama".

      The meeting was attended by the general manager of Reganosa, Emilio Bruquetas, and the hydrogen director of Repsol, Tomás Malango, who explained that the renewable hydrogen generated will be destined for industrial use to replace the conventional hydrogen currently used by the Repsol refinery in A Coruña, among other uses.

      In addition, the director of new business of Naturgy, Silvia Sanjoaquín, explained that with the first phase of the plant, it is estimated the creation of a total of 400 jobs, between direct and indirect positions. She also indicated that the project is scalable "so more employment opportunities are expected".

      Regarding deadlines, he pointed out that the initial phase of the project "it is estimated that the project will be up and running throughout 2025 and will reach 30 MW of power".

      Review of electricity planning

      Conde explained that the Xunta has urged the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (Miteco) to undertake "as soon as possible" the review of electricity planning, "so that these projects can become a reality".

      In this line, he pointed out that projects such as hydrogen plants "need reinforcement and investment within the electricity grid infrastructure in Spain" . In addition, he pointed out the importance of modifications in both distribution and transmission networks.

      The first vice-president indicated that this is "a priority" and that the Xunta has sent a report to Miteco "in which the investment needs are detailed".

      Thus, he insisted that "the sooner this change is made, the sooner we will be able to accompany these projects, not only from the administrative point of view but also from the point of view of the needs".

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