Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) will support the Carbon-Free Gas Power project for Nuon’s Magnum power plant in Groningen in the Netherlands.
The project, led by Nuon/Vattenfall, Statoil and Gasunie, aims to convert one of the three 440MW CCGT power plants to hydrogen (H2) by 2023. They have contracted MHPS to jointly investigate the possibility of using H2 for generating electricity by Nuon/Vattenfall’s Magnum power plant as the world’s first innovative combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) project. One CCGT can emit up to 1.3 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year and burning H2 will significantly reduce this emission.
Within this project, Statoil will focus on producing H2 by converting Norwegian natural gas into H2 and CO2. The CO2 will be stored in underground facilities off the Norwegian coast, allowing carbon neutral production. Gasunie is carrying out research into how the H2 can be transported to and stored at the Magnum power station.
“In order to meet the targets set by the Paris Agreement, CO2 emissions from the electricity sector in the Netherlands will have to be 55% to 75% lower in 2030 than in 1990. Using H2 instead of natural gas could be an important contribution to achieve this,” said Alexander van Ofwegen, Vattenfall Heat Netherlands Business Unit Director, and responsible for Nuon/Vattenfall’s Magnum power plant.