Brazilian chemical company Unigel has signed a pact with electrolyser maker Thyssenkrupp Nucera in relation to the second phase of a green hydrogen and ammonia project it is developing in the state of Bahia.
As announced last summer, Unigel initiated the construction of a USD-120-million (EUR 112m) facility with 60 MW of electrolysis capacity within the Camacari industrial complex, estimated to produce 10,000 tonnes of green hydrogen and 60,000 tonnes of green ammonia per year. In the second phase, the plant will be expanded to 240 MW and all electrolysers will be supplied by Nucera.
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The plan is reflected in a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) that was signed during German Federal Minister Robert Habeck’s visit to Brazil. Habeck is traveling to both Brazil and Colombia in the period March 11-15 with the objective to strengthen economic relations and climate cooperation with the two Latin American nations.
Unigel, which is the largest producer of nitrogen fertilisers in Brazil, plans to use a portion of the green ammonia produced at the site in its own value chain and to offer the remaining output to customers in the steel industry, oil refineries and ammonia producers pursuing decarbonisation.
“Uniel’s green hydrogen plant will be the first on an industrial scale in Brazil. We continue to negotiate strategic partnerships to enable the new phases of the project,” commented Roberto Noronha Santos, CEO of Unigel.
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