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Project launched to build green methanol, hydrogen plants in Belgium

October 27/2020

MOSCOW (MRC) -- A new EUR140-million (USD166-million) project to produce green methanol and hydrogen at Ghent, Belgium, has been unveiled by a consortium of 10 private- and public-sector partners, said Chemweek.

The ‘North-C-Methanol’ project will be located on the Rodenhuize peninsula at Ghent, part of North Sea Port, which combines the cross-border port facilities of Vlissingen and Terneuzen in the Netherlands, with those at Ghent. Up to 44,000-metric tons/year of renewable methanol is planned to start being produced by 2024 at the large-scale demonstration plant, which will be constructed and operated by Proman Group (Wollerau, Switzerland). Proman says it will be the world’s largest green methanol plant.

This will be supplied with green hydrogen by a second unit, a 65-megawatt (MW) electrolyzer to be built on a site owned by Belgian energy producer Engie and powered by wind. Planned future phases include ramping up electrolyzer capacity to 600 MW in 2030, and introducing additional products such as green ammonia.

The green methanol will be used as feedstock by the chemicals and renewables industries, as well as sustainable fuel for ships and trains, according to the companies in a joint statement. Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are expected to be reduced by 140,000 metric tons/year, they say.

Proman’s plant—its first in Europe—will use the hydrogen to convert the collected CO2 emissions of local industrial companies, including Yara, ArcelorMittal, and Alco Biofuel, to renewable methanol. Companies including Oiltanking and Fluxys will provide supporting infrastructure such as storage tanks and pipelines, with Mitsubishi Power to oversee the integration and coordination of the overall construction process.

The project is part of a wider collaboration program called North-CCU-Hub, which aims to reduce CO2 emissions at North Sea Port by 1 million metric tons and implement a circular economy process at the port.

Earlier this month Yara and Danish wind farm developer Orsted also announced a separate plan to produce green ammonia based on renewable hydrogen. Yara aims to produce fertilizer based on the renewable ammonia at its production plant in Sluiskil, Netherlands. A 100-MW wind-powered electrolyzer will be installed at Yara’s Sluiskil site, which will substitute hydrogen sourced from fossil fuels with green hydrogen to produce about 75,000 metric tons/year of renewable ammonia, it says. A final investment decision for the construction of the plant will be made in late 2021 or early 2022, with production starting in 2024 or 2025, the companies say.

As MRC informed earlier, The European Commission has recently presented its 2030 climate target plan, in which it sets out a program to reduce EU greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared with 1990, despite a call from the European Parliament in September for GHG emissions to be reduced 60% by 2030. The raised target puts the EU on a balanced pathway to reaching climate neutrality by 2050 and underlines the EU's continued global leadership in this area, ahead of the next UN climate conference (COP26).

As MRC informed earlier, in October, 2020, the European Commission adopted the EU's chemicals strategy for sustainability, describing it as the first step towards a zero-pollution ambition for a toxic-free environment announced in the European Green Deal.

We remind that Russia's output of chemical products rose in September 2020 by 6.7% year on year. At the same time, production of basic chemicals increased by 6.1% year on year in the first nine months of 2020, according to Rosstat's data. According to the Federal State Statistics Service of the Russian Federation, polymers in primary form accounted for the greatest increase in the January-September output. Last month's production of primary polymers decreased to 852,000 tonnes from 888,000 tonnes in August due to shutdowns in Tomsk, Ufa and Kazan. Overall output of polymers in primary form totalled 7,480,000 tonnes over the stated period, up by 16.4%  year on year.


mrcplast.com
Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:natural gas, petroleum products, smes gazov neftyanih prochih, gas processing, neftegaz, petrochemistry.
Category:General News
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