It confirmed it will invest in the construction of a 100MW electrolysis plant, to produce up to 15 ktpa of renewable hydrogen.
This large-scale project will allow the replacement of about 20% of the existing grey hydrogen consumption of the Sines refinery and may lead to greenhouse gas emissions reduction of c.110 ktpa (Scope 1 &2, CO2e).
The electrolysers will be supplied by renewable power, originated from long-term supply agreements, also leveraging on the Galp renewable power asset base. The unit will use industrial recycled water, with expected annual consumption representing less than 3% of the average annual needs of the refinery.
Plug Power was awarded the order for the 100 MW proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers, whilst Technip Energies will be the main EPCM provider.
The total investments for this green hydrogen project are estimated at c.€250m, and the projects include a 270 ktpa advanced biofuels unit, in partnership with Mitsui, and 100 MW of electrolysers for the production of green hydrogen. Both units are expected to have its first start up during 2025.
Galp and Mitsui are joining forces to produce and market advanced biofuels from Sines by creating a 75/25 joint venture (JV) and invest in a large scale 270 ktpa unit adjacent to the Sines refinery.
The unit will use waste residues to produce renewable diesel (hydrotreated vegetable oil – HVO) and sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), allowing to avoid c.800 ktpa of greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 3, CO2e), when compared to its fossil fuels alternatives.
This partnership brings together the vast industrial expertise of both companies, combining Galp’s market and operational synergies with Mitsui’s global presence, also supporting the procurement of the plant’s feedstock needs.
The plant will use Axens’ technology and the consortium Technip Energies / Technoedif Engenharia has been selected as the main Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) provider. The total investments in the new plant are estimated at around €400m.
Galp will operate the plant and plans to consolidate proportionally (75%) all businesses related with the JV.
Paula Amorim, Chairwoman, said these projects are some of the largest of their kind, representing an overall investment of approximately €650m.
She said, “This is a significant contribution to the launch of the new industries of the future in Portugal, placing Galp at the forefront of the development of low carbon solutions necessary for the energy transition. The decisions are based on the expectation that the fiscal and regulatory developments in Portugal will not hinder the success of such large-scale investments.”
Last month Galp announced it will invest $5m in Verdagy, a US company that is developing a pioneering scalable electrolysis technology for industrial applications targeting lower cost and critical raw material dependency compared to current electrolysis technologies.
Galp’s investment came as part of a funding round through which the Moss Landing, California-based company raised a total of $73 million from strategic investors led by Temasek and Shell Ventures. It will use the proceeds to accelerate the launch and commercialization of its eDynamic® 20 MW electrolyser module, the critical building block for systems of 200MW and above.