Sinopec Hydrogen Projects

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Asia's largest refiner Sinopec is advancing its green hydrogen ambitions, bagging approvals for two new projects in Inner Mongolia that are slated to commence construction in the next 12 months. The larger of the two projects approved last week is tagged at 20.5 billion yuan ($2.9 billion) — to be sited in Ulanqab in central Inner Mongolia — and targets annual green hydrogen production of 100,000 tons, according to a statement last week from the Inner Mongolia energy bureau. The Ulanqab project is to be integrated with a wind farm of 1.7 gigawatts (GW) and a solar farm of 804 megawatts (MW) for supplying the renewable electricity required for manufacturing green hydrogen. Construction on the Ulanqab project is slated to start construction in December 2023, with completion scheduled for June 2027.

The other proposal approved last week by Inner Mongolia is a 3-billion-yuan ($430 million) project to be sited in Ordos city. It has a planned hydrogen production capacity of 20,000 tons per year and is the second phase of Sinopec’s Ordos green hydrogen project, the first phase of which has already commenced construction and is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2022. A 400 MW wind farm would be built at the Ordos Phase 2 project to supply renewable electricity needed for manufacturing green hydrogen.

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