Air Liquide has today (July 27) announced three newly signed agreements to accelerate the development of a low-carbon hydrogen society in South Korea – and plans include hydrogen liquefaction plants and multiple hydrogen refuelling facilities.

By partnering with local industrial and intuitional players, the industrial gas giant wants to invest across the entire hydrogen supply chain in the country, including from production to storage, as well as distribution and application developments for end users. 

Already making great headway in its ambitions, Air Liquide has inked three new agreements, the first of which is with global clean energy and solutions provider SK E&S to supply what is believed to be the world’s largest hydrogen liquefaction plant with a capacity of 90 tonnes per day of liquid hydrogen to serve the mobility markets.

Second to that, the company has also entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with LOTTE Chemical to co-invest in new high-pressure hydrogen filling centres and hydrogen stations. 

Further to that, Air Liquide has also entered into another agreement with YeosuCcity and Jeollanam-do province, to study further projects with contemplated investments comprising a hydrogen liquefaction plant.

When confirmed, all of these projects will extend Air Liquide’s existing presence with regards to hydrogen in South Korea, where it already owns and operates four large plants.

Commenting on the plans, Matthieu Giard, Member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising hydrogen activities and the Industrial Merchant business line, said, “Climate change mitigation and energy transition are at the heart of Air Liquide’s strategy.

“The Group’s strategy in South Korea illustrates our ambition to be a leader for the supply of low-carbon hydrogen to industry and mobility markets, relying in particular on its leadership in hydrogen liquefaction and operational expertise.

“South Korea is one of the most active countries in the world for hydrogen activities, backed up with a strong national ambition. Air Liquide is proud to support the country’s mobilisation towards a low carbon society.”

Air Liquide has been designing hydrogen stations for over 20 years, and has supplied to date a total of eight hydrogen refuelling stations in South Korea with more to be commissioned soon.

The company’s Korean subsidiary, Air Liquide Korea, is also helping to develop the hydrogen ecosystem further through its participation in the two Korean hydrogen mobility consortiums, HyNet and KOHYGEN, respectively dedicated to the deployment of light-duty and heavy-duty hydrogen stations.