RWE to build green hydrogen plant Ineos’s refinery in Grangemouth

RWE to build green hydrogen plant Ineos’s refinery in Grangemouth

UK’s leading electricity generator and one of the country’s leading renewable energy companies RWE has announced plans to develop a groundbreaking green hydrogen project at Grangemouth. This initiative underscores RWE’s commitment to driving forward the hydrogen economy and contributing to Scotland’s decarbonisation goals.

RWE will supply the first hydrogen produced to Ineos Grangemouth. Once developed, consented and operational, the initial capacity is anticipated to be up to 200MWe, potentially producing up to 3.6 tonnes of hydrogen per hour, with ambitions for potential expansion to 600Mwe at a later date. This project will reduce Ineos’s carbon emissions.

The project, could be operational by 2029 and constructed on land within the Grangemouth industrial complex, adjacent to the Ineos facility and the hydrogen produced will be piped a short distance to the site. This project will support Ineos Grangemouth’s commitment to have Net Zero carbon emissions by 2045 and contribute to the decarbonisation of other existing and future industries in Grangemouth.

RWE has completed concept, feasibility and pre-Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) studies. A grid connection has been secured and the company is shortlisting electrolyser suppliers. The next steps will be progressing towards a planning application which will include local consultation on the project.

Sopna Sury, COO Hydrogen RWE Generation: “This is a significant step towards RWE’s ambitions for the production of green hydrogen in Scotland. As one of the world’s leading energy companies, RWE has significant experience in onshore and offshore wind, developing green hydrogen production plants and operating large scale gas plants. This project at Grangemouth aligns with the Scottish Government’s vision for a ‘Just Transition’, putting Scotland at the forefront of the green revolution while protecting jobs and decarbonising Grangemouth.”

Scotland holds strategic importance for RWE, with approximately 480MW of installed renewable capacity across 26 sites. With further expansions underway, including 100MW of onshore wind in construction, RWE remains committed to driving the transition to renewable energy and advancing hydrogen development initiatives across the country.

RWE says it is actively developing green hydrogen projects across Europe and targets 2GW of its own green hydrogen electrolyser capacity in its core markets by 2030.