Thyssenkrupp nabs contract for world’s first GW-scale electrolysis plant


German equipment maker, Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers (TKUCE) has recently received a contract from industrial gases firm Air Products to supply and install a 2GW electrolysis plant to support the world’s largest green hydrogen projects at Neom, future city of Saudi Arabia.

As a part of the contract, Thyssenkrupp will be responsible for engineering, procuring and fabricating the plant which will showcase module based on 20MW alkaline water electrolysis.

Denis Krude, Chief Executive of Thyssenkrupp, mentioned that being the world market leader in electrolysis, the team addresses the gigawatt projects with two decisive factors.

Mr. Krude cited that with Thyssenkrupp’s large-scale module size and GW-cell manufacturing capacity annually coupled with the joint venture with De Nora, their company is fully equipped to deliver large capacity projects.

He added that with the new gigawatt project, Thyssenkrupp has committed to invest in amplifying its manufacturing capacities.

Reportedly, Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers were provided with a grant late last year by the German government in line with its national hydrogen strategy, encouraging the development of a 20MW alkaline electrolyser prototype, propelling green hydrogen and ammonia production in Saudi.

Speculations have it that Saudi Arabia plans to develop a mega-city powered by near about 40GW of renewable energy alongside an eco-tourism paradise at its $500 billion NEOM development at the Red Sea.

Th NEOM Green Hydrogen Company, formed of project partners NEOM, Air Products and developer ACWA Power, will oversee the 2GW facility followed by commissioning once the production commences, most likely scheduled in 2026.

Notably, Air Products will produce H2 which will be used in production of carbon-free ammonia for export across global markets.

According to the consortium, the $5 billion plant will be run on 4GW of solar, wind and storage.

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