Six green H2 projects in Chile to split USD 50m in state funds

Hydrogen tanks. Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy

December 29 (Renewables Now) - The Chilean government, through national development agency Corfo, has awarded a total of USD 50 million (EUR 44.3m) in funding support to six initiatives in Chile’s first call for green hydrogen proposals.

The selected projects are promoted by renewables company Enel Green Power Chile SA, industrial gases suppliers Linde Plc (NYSE:LIN) of Germany and Air Liquide SA (EPA:AI) of France, French utility Engie SA (EPA:ENGI), Chilean liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal operator GNL Quintero SA and iron and steel producer CAP SA, the energy ministry announced on Wednesday.

Corfo picked six out of 12 submissions, and expects the projects to attract around USD 1 billion worth of investments and bring Chile close to 400 MW of electrolysis capacity, the agency said separately.

Some of the criteria for selection were that the projects have to install at least 10 MW of electrolysers and start operations no later than December 2025.

More information about the selected projects are presented in the table below:

Project name: Promoter: Funds awarded: Electrolysis capacity: Project description: Location in Chile:
Faro del Sur Enel Green Power Chile USD 16.9m 240 MW Production of some 25,000 tonnes of H2/year via wind-powered electrolysis. Off-taker is e-fuels producer and exporter HIF Chile Magallanes
HyPro Aconcagua Linde USD 2.4m 20 MW 3,000 tonnes/year of green H2 to replace some of the grey hydrogen at ENAP's oil refinery in Aconcagua Valparaiso
HyEx - Produccion Hidrogeno Verde Engie USD 9.5m 26 MW Pilot plant to produce 3,200 tonnes/year. Off-taker Enaex to convert green H2 to ammonia Antofagasta
Antofagasta Mining Energy Renewable (AMER) Air Liquide USD 11.8m 80 MW Green H2 to be combined with captured CO2 for the production of 60,000 tonnes of e-methanol per year Antofagasta
Quintero Bay Green Hydrogen GNL Quintero USD 5.7m 10 MW Green H2 plant to produce some 430 tonnes/year. Output to be sold to industrial companies in Quintero Bay area. Valparaiso
H2V CAP CAP USD 3.6m 20 MW Green H2 plant to produce 1,550 tonnes/year for green steel making Biobio

Sources: Chilean energy ministry, Corfo, Enel Green Power, GNL Quintero, CAP.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.885)

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