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New low-carbon H2 production plant on the Seine Axis (France)

HAROPA PORT and VERSO ENERGY signed an agreement for the installation of a plant to produce low-carbon H2 and synthetic fuels on HAROPA PORT land in Grand-Quevilly.

This production plant will be set up on an area of land belonging to HAROPA PORT | Rouen in the town of Grand-Quevilly at the administrative boundary with Petit-Couronne. This development project will help both secure and expand the local industrial ecosystem. The facility is projected to come on stream by 2029.

The project is slated to produce H2 by water electrolysis and will be capable of providing capacity of 350 MW, corresponding to an annual volume of more than 50,000 t of H2, in return for an investment of around €500 MM. It is to be accompanied by a plant producing synthetic fuels using captured, recycled CO2 and creating some 150 direct and 250 indirect jobs. The project will contribute in this way to decarbonizing industrial sites in the port area and the maritime and aviation sectors, in which demand for sustainable fuels can be seen to be increasing significantly.

The new production plant has strategic importance for HAROPA PORT and generally for the Rouen port community. This is so because it will help sustain a dynamic that is driving industrial development and renewal centered on the technologies and forms of production of the future as components of the energy transition and decarbonization of industrial activities across the region. Ports are faced with major issues arising from decarbonization for which decarbonized H2 will increasingly be an essential resource. There are numerous use cases for H2 in port ecosystems, ranging from freight handling to maritime transport, and including road and rail mobility.