Industrial and medical gases specialist Carburos Metálicos is set to open Tarragona’s first public hydrogen production plant following its acquisition of a >10,000m2 plot of land in the region.

Announced yesterday (10th March), the strategically placed development will take advantage of its position next to ‘important communication routes’ – with the Port of Tarragona and the Mediterranean corridor being considered key to promoting transport of passengers and goods by means of hydrogen. 

Operations at the plant are due to begin in 2023 and the hydrogen produced will be utilised by Carburos Metálicos’ own fleet of distribution vehicles – in line with its recent ‘Hydrogen Route’ demonstrations. 

The route, which began last year, was designed to showcase the company’s hydrogen innovations and will continue this year. 

To increase the focus on the region’s sustainability endeavours, Carburos Metálicos has launched a ‘Movem Tarragona’ campaign, which aims to help promote an integrated ecosystem around Tarragona’s hydrogen value chain. 

Commenting on the new project, Miquel Lope, General Director, Carburos Metálicos, said, “At Carburos Metálicos we are once again committed to Tarragona, convinced of its potential to provide solutions that allow us to move towards the decarbonisation of the economy and the energy transition.” 

“The future Riu Clar hydroelectric plant is one more piece in the creation of a hydrogen ecosystem in Catalonia where the company already has renewable hydrogen produced in Tarragona.” 

Celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, the company is part of the Air Products Group, a contributor to over 250 hydrogen service station projects in 20 countries.