Repsol, a Spanish oil-and-gas company, has commenced production of a 2.5 MW electrolyser at its Petronor refinery in Spain’s Basque Country and has initiated producing renewable hydrogen.
According to the company, the $11.7 million initiative is a significant step forward for the Basque Hydrogen Corridor (BH2C), a regional production and logistics facility promoted by Repsol and Petronor to expand renewable hydrogen applications and aid the local industrial sector.
Petronor’s first electrolyser can create 350 tonnes of hydrogen per year, which will primarily be employed as a raw material by the refinery. Additionally, a hydrogen refuelling station built by Repsol and the Basque Energy Agency in a close technology complex will receive hydrogen through pipes from that location. Reportedly, two more electrolysers, one with a capacity of 10 MW and one with a capacity of 100 MW, will be installed by the company at Petronor in the upcoming years.
In September 2023, Repsol acquired ConnectGen, a US-based renewable development company, from Quantum Capital Group for $768 million. The 20 GW of onshore wind, solar, and energy storage projects in ConnectGen’s development pipeline will help Repsol reach its goal of 20 GW of renewable capacity by the end of the 2020s.