OMV Petrom Gets Financing to Produce Green H2 at the Petrobrazi Refinery

OMV Petrom signed a financing contract through the National Plan for Recovery and Resilience for the construction of a hydrogen production capacity by water electrolysis at the Petrobrazi refinery. The contract was signed with the Ministry of Energy, for a maximum value of about EUR 39 million, the total investment being estimated at about EUR 74 million.

“We believe that Romania has significant potential for the development of green energy projects, and the funds available to finance these projects open opportunities for the economic growth of the country. By the 2030 Strategy, we are committed to support the energy transition in Romania and in the region, with investments of around EUR 11 billion until the end of this decade, out of which approximately 35% will support low and zero carbon projects,” Christina Verchere, CEO of OMV Petrom, stated.

“Green hydrogen opens new opportunities for a low carbon emissions economy. It will play an important role in decarbonizing refineries and in the sustainable transportation, whether we speak about road, railway, or air transport, being one of the solutions for the mobility of the future. We estimate that the hydrogen demand will increase significantly in Romania, especially in the next decade. We believe OMV Petrom has the opportunity to become the main integrated player on Romania’s hydrogen market,” Radu Caprau, member of the OMV Petrom Executive Board, responsible for Refining and Marketing, added.

The project involves putting into operation, within the Petrobrazi refinery, a capacity of 20 MW for hydrogen production by water electrolysis. The entire process will be powered by renewable energy. This means that no CO2 emissions will be generated from the use of energy during water electrolysis, when the separation of oxygen and hydrogen molecules happens.

The volume of green hydrogen to be produced has been estimated at over 2,600 tons per year. The integration of the obtained green hydrogen will lead to a reduction of at least 70% of the CO2 emissions along the entire production value chain of sustainable fuels compared to conventional fuels.

In the next period, the company will start the public tender for the purchase of the electrolyser, with the final investment decision to be made in 2024. Completion of the works is estimated for 2025.

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