Italy: Engineering Saipem, Alboran Hydrogen to Develop 5 Green Hydrogen Plants

Editor: Ahlam Rais

Under a MOU signed between Saipem and Alboran Hydrogen, both the companies will work together to construct five plants which will produce green hydrogen. Three of the units will be located in Italy while the other two in the Mediterranean basin.

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The agreement proposes the development and creation of a green hydrogen hub in Puglia (Italy), through the construction of three plants in the territories of Brindisi, Taranto and Foggia.
The agreement proposes the development and creation of a green hydrogen hub in Puglia (Italy), through the construction of three plants in the territories of Brindisi, Taranto and Foggia.
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San Donato Milanese/Italy – Saipem and Alboran Hydrogen have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the joint development and construction of five plants. The units will produce green hydrogen through the electrolysis process and three of the plants will be located in Italy and the other two in the Mediterranean basin.

The two companies will take advantage of their respective and complementary skills, experience and technologies to construct the plants. Saipem will be engaged with the engineering, procurement and construction of the plants, as part of the development and eventual implementation activities. Alboran Hydrogen, operating in the development of renewable projects, will take care to coordinate the technological aspects with the research institutes concerned, as well as the authorization activities for the development of the plants, and the supply chain agreements with the Research Centres, Bodies and Universities involved.

The agreement proposes, among the various possible initiatives identified, the development and creation of a green hydrogen hub in Puglia (Italy), through the construction of three plants in the territories of Brindisi, Taranto and Foggia with the help and participation from the National Energy Technology District, La Sapienza University, the Salento University and the Brindisi Research Center (Cittadella della Ricerca di Brindisi). This initiative fits within the objectives set by the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (PNRR).

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The agreement also includes the development and construction of two additional plants in the Mediterranean basin, specifically in Albania and Morocco. The latter will concern itself with the production of ammonia from green hydrogen.

Simone Pratesi, Chairman of Alboran Hydrogen and the entire Scientific Technical Committee coordinated by Prof. Livio de Santoli, Deputy Rector responsible for sustainability at La Sapienza University of Rome commented: “The agreement with Saipem will allow us to develop the potential of the project model proposed for Puglia, with the aim of exporting it to the world. We are proud to focus on the production of green hydrogen and we note with satisfaction that national and European policies are moving in the direction that we have taken when similar issues were not yet addressed at the right level. We are therefore honored to provide our contribution to the energy strategy pertaining to green hydrogen, identified as the major avenue for energy transition by most governments in the world, together with Saipem”.

Maurizio Coratella, COO of Saipem's onshore E&C Division, commented: “The agreement with Alboran Hydrogen consolidates Saipem's position as a leading player in energy transition and decarbonization and is an important step ahead for the future development of green hydrogen in Italy and in the Mediterranean basin, a technology that, in the coming decades, will represent the new horizon of the energy evolution. For the implementation of the various projects included in this agreement, we will leverage our long-term experience in the industrial treatment of hydrogen and in the design and construction of energy infrastructures, alongside significant skills in the search for efficient and innovative solutions”.

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