Rosatom State Corporation plans to start hydrogen production by 2024, and to export in 2025, said Anton Moskvin, Vice President for Marketing and Business Development of Rusatom Overseas JSC during EEF-21.
“We are planning to build a large-scale hydrogen production under an agreement with Air Liquide, as part of our cooperation. It is planned to build a large enterprise with the production in the first phase of about 30 thousand tons of hydrogen and subsequently up to 100 thousand tons by 2030. We plan to enter production by 2024, we are planning to export the first volumes already in 2025, we are consulting with Japanese customers, and with Korean ones, ”he said.
Moskvin recalled that the first agreement with the Japanese was signed in 2019, and during this time a pre-feasibility study for organizing a hydrogen supply chain from Russia to Japan was worked out. Sakhalin was considered a key site.
“It is really a rather difficult task - to transport hydrogen in such volumes, now there are practically no technologies that allow hydrogen to be supplied in such volumes, and therefore we are thinking about delivery in the form of ammonia. Nevertheless, technologies are developing rapidly, there are already pilot projects, including even a specialized ship for transporting liquefied hydrogen, Kawasaki is engaged in this, we see and take into account these examples. Therefore, we believe that the production of hydrogen in such volumes is a reality, and we plan to complete the feasibility study by the end of this year and further develop this project, "he added.
As reported, in April Rusatom Overseas, the French Air Liquide, one of the leading producers of industrial gases, and the government of the Sakhalin Region signed a memorandum of understanding to study the possibility of building a complex on Sakhalin for the production of up to 100 thousand tons of hydrogen per year.