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Linde to build green hydrogen plant at Leuna chemicals complex, Germany

January 15/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Linde says it will build, own, and operate the worlds largest proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyzer plant for the production of green hydrogen at the Leuna chemical complex in Germany, reported Chemweek.

The 24-megawatt electrolyzer will produce hydrogen from renewable sources to supply Lindes industrial customers at the site through an existing pipeline network. Liquefied green hydrogen will also be distributed to refueling stations and other industrial customers in the region, it says.

The electrolyzer will be built by ITM Linde Electrolysis, a joint venture of Linde and ITM Power, with the plant scheduled to start production in the second half of 2022. No investment figure was given.

Clean hydrogen is part of the solution to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions across many industries, including chemicals and refining, says Jens Waldeck, president/western Europe West at Linde. This project shows that electrolyzer capacity continues to scale up and it is a stepping stone towards even larger plants, he says.

Linde has the largest liquid hydrogen capacity and distribution system in the world and also operates the worlds first high-purity hydrogen storage cavern, it says. It has installed 80 hydrogen electrolysis plants worldwide.

As MRC informed earlier, in late 2019, the TOTAL refinery in Leuna awarded Bilfinger two further major contracts worth roughly EUR30 million: the first involves exchanging the reactor systems; the second, performing the turnaround for the plants POX methanol facility.

We remind that Total is evaluating new gas cracker project in South Korea as part of petchems growth strategy.

Ethylene and propylene are feedstocks for producing polyethylene (PE) and polypropylene (PP).

According to MRC's DataScope report, PE imports to Russia decreased in January-November 2020 by 17% year on year and reached 569,900 tonnes. High density polyethylene (HDPE) accounted for the greatest reduction in imports. At the same time, PP imports into Russia increased by 21% year on year to about 202,000 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020. Propylene homopolymer (homopolymer PP) accounted for the main increase in imports.


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Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, PE, crude and gaz condensate, homopolymer PP, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, gas processing, petrochemistry, Linde Group, Total Petrochemicals, Russia, South Korea.
Category:General News
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