Bp teams up with Iberdrola, Enagas on green H2 project at Spanish refinery

Bp's refinery in Castellon, Spain. Image by Bp (www.bp.com)

April 28 (Renewables Now) - UK oil-and-gas major Bp Plc (LON:BP) will explore the potential of installing a green hydrogen electrolyser at its refinery in Spain in partnership with Spanish utility Iberdrola SA (BME:IBE) and gas grid operator Enagas SA (BME:ENG).

The three companies reached an agreement to study the feasibility of adding a 20-MW electrolyser at Bp’s refinery in Castellon as part of the first phase of a larger green hydrogen project at the site. The electrolyser would be powered by a 40-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) plant, among other sources, Iberdrola said in today’s press release.

Investment in the project would reach some EUR 90 million (USD 108.6m), while the electrolyser could start operation in 2023, according to the utility.

In later stages, the electrolysis capacity could grow to 115 MW.

The Castellon refinery already produces and consumes hydrogen -- grey hydrogen, specifically -- as part of the biofuel production process. With the new electrolyser, Bp would replace the grey with green and cut CO2 emissions by up to 24,000 tonnes per year.

The project will also examine the potential to put the on-site produced green hydrogen to other uses, such as supplying the heavy transport sector and other energy-intensive industries in the area, Iberdrola added.

(EUR 1.0 = USD 1.207)

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