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Enel, Maire Tecnimont to build green hydrogen plant in US

January 11/2021

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Enel Green Power (EGP), the renewable energy subsidiary of Italyís Enel Group, and Maire Tecnimont (Rome, Italy) have agreed to work together on the development and construction of a green hydrogen production plant in the US, according to Chemweek.

A specific location has not been given.

EGP and NextChem, a subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont, have signed a memorandum of understanding for the project, which will produce green hydrogen via electrolysis using renewable energy from an existing EGP solar plant. The project is expected to be operational in 2023 and supply hydrogen to a biorefinery, Enel says.

NextChem, Maire Tecnimontís business dedicated to the deployment of technologies for the energy transition, will act as a technology and engineering partner, and the full turnkey engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the project. EGP says it will leverage NextChemís hydrogen technology and engineering expertise to grow its green hydrogen business in the US.

EGP is ďactively scouting for opportunitiesĒ in the green hydrogen sector in several parts of the world, both in Europe and in the Americas, says Salvatore Bernabei, EGPís CEO. The company says it is evaluating opportunities to colocate electrolyzers across its development pipeline in the US, focused on states where it has an existing operational presence, such as Texas, Utah, and North Dakota. It is already developing green hydrogen projects in Italy, Spain, and Chile, with plans to grow its capacity to over 2 gigawatts by 2030, it says.

As MRC wrote before, in early December, 2020, Enel and Eni announced they would develop two green hydrogen pilot schemes aimed at supplying two of Eniís refineries in Italy, with each project expected to start operations by 2022Ė23.

We remind that in September 2020, Italyís Eni proposed building bio-refineries in Abu Dhabi, according to the energy groupís chief executive Claudio Descalzi. The Italian oil major has been focusing on developing new clean technologies in recent years as it steps up preparations for a decarbonized future.

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

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated polyethylene (PE) consumption totalled 1,990,280 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020, up by 1% year on year. Only high density polyethylene (HDPE) shipments increased. At the same time, polypropylene (PP) shipments to the Russian market reached 1 090,900 tonnes in the first eleven months of 2020 (calculated using the formula: production, minus exports, plus imports, excluding producers' inventories as of 1 January, 2020). Supply of exclusively PP random copolymer increased.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:PP, crude and gaz condensate, PP random copolymer, propylene, HDPE, ethylene, petrochemistry, Eni, Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia, USA.
Category:General News
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