German Siemens Energy and Rinat Akhmetov's energy holding DTEK, with the support of the governments of Germany and Ukraine, have agreed on a pilot project for the production of hydrogen fuel in Mariupol (Donetsk region), which will be discussed on Friday during an economic forum in Berlin with the participation of Chancellor Angela Merkel and the Prime Minister Denis Shmygal, reported the German edition of Handelsblatt.
The project involves the construction of a hydrogen production plant based on one of the metallurgical plants of the Dutch mining and metallurgical group Metinvest B.V. (Metinvest) Rinat Akhmetov's business empire.
According to preliminary data, equipment for electrolysis of water (splitting into oxygen and hydrogen) worth 25 million euros and a capacity of 8.5 MW will be installed. The hydrogen will be used to make low-emission steel.
“Large hydrogen projects cannot be launched without political support and subsidies,” DTEK CEO Maxim Timchenko told Handelsblatt.
The article also notes that Merkel will announce at an economic forum in Berlin that German companies will be more active in Ukraine.
As reported, Timchenko in early February announced the launch of the first pilot projects for the production of "green" hydrogen by the end of this year.
“Green hydrogen is where we want to be leaders. We are working to ensure that the first pilot projects appear by the end of 2021, ”he said.