Dutch gas power plant to undergo hydrogen power conversion

Statoil, Vattenfall and Gasunie have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the conversion of Magnum gas-fired power plant in the Netherlands into a hydrogen-powered plant.

Under the MoU, the three companies will convert Vattenfall’s plant into hydrogen-powered plant that could potentially reduce 4 million tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.

Irene Rummelhoff of StatoilStatoil New Energy Solutions executive vice president Irene Rummelhoff said: “We are still in an early phase and like all pioneer projects there are uncertainties that need to be addressed. But the potential CO2 emission reduction is significant.”

The Magnum gas power plant consists of three combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) with a capacity of 440 MW each. The companies will carry out feasibility studies for the conversion of one of the three Magnum units of Vattenfall Nuon in Eemshaven.

Rummelhoff said: “Designing a large-scale value chain where production of hydrogen from natural gas is combined with CO2 capture, transport and storage can open up new business opportunities.”

In 2016, the Norwegian government launched a new national CO2 capture, transport and storage project. à‚ The realization of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) demonstration project is expected to create opportunities or future CO2 storage from other projects, including the joint Vattenfall, Gasunie and Statoil project. à‚ 

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