Air Products has today (13th Dec) confirmed that thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers will supply a more than 2GW electrolysis plant for its landmark green hydrogen project at NEOM in Saudi Arabia.

As reported by gasworld in July 2020, the $5bn world-scale green hydrogen project, believed to be one of the largest in the world, will be carried out through a partnership with Air Products, ACWA Power and NEOM.

Once developed, it is expected the plant will produce 650 tonnes of green hydrogen daily.

Now playing a key role in this, thyssenkrupp will engineer, procure and fabricate the plant based on its 20MW alkaline water electrolysis module. Plans for thyssenkrupp’s involvement were first announced last year.

Dr. Samir Serhan, Chief Operating Officer at Air Products, said, “This project milestone with thyssenkrupp furthers our strong progress at NEOM to deliver carbon-free hydrogen on a massive scale in the Kingdom and for the world.”

“The development and execution of this innovative megaproject is one of many required to drive a successful energy transition, and we look forward to continuing to develop, build, own and operate facilities that help address the world’s significant energy and environmental challenges.”

“This project is the kick-off to become a frontrunner in the green hydrogen economy.”

Hydrogen produced at the landmark facility it set to be synthesized into carbon-free ammonia for export exclusively by Air Products to global markets. It has been previously estimated that 1.2 million tonnes of green ammonia will be produced annually at the site.

The start of production is scheduled for 2026.

Denis Krude, CEO of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, added, “As a world market leader in electrolysis we bring in two decisive factors to realise such gigawatt projects: With our large-scale standard module size and gigawatt cell manufacturing capacity per year together with our joint venture partner De Nora we are able to deliver large capacity projects today.”

“With this gigawatt project, we are committed to invest into ramping up our manufacturing capacities further. We also aim for a strong local setup which is key to delivering customised service solutions throughout the entire plant life-cycle and enables our strategic partner in their vision to become a global decarbonisation pioneer.”

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Source: Air Products