Shell will pilot a green hydrogen plant in the port of Acu in Brazil


Shell and the Brazilian port of Acu have agreed to develop a pilot plant for the production of green hydrogen at the facilities of the port, located in the northern region of the state of Rio de Janeiro.

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding, the pilot plant, which should be ready in 2025, will have an initial capacity of 10 MW and could reach 100 MW by 2029, following the unit’s expansion plan. Shell said some of the hydrogen produced will be for storage and later shipment to potential consumers, while the remaining hydrogen will be used for the production of renewable ammonia.

The project is a pioneer in Brazil and is expected to function as a research laboratory to develop learning, carry out decarbonization tests and boost this industry in the country. The resources for the construction of the unit come from the Research, Development & Innovation (PD&I) clause of the National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP), which determines the mandatory application of a percentage of the gross production income, in projects that stimulate the research and adoption of new technologies in the energy sector. Shell Brazil is expected to invest between $60 million and $120 million in PD&I in 2022.

Shell has hydrogen generation projects in Germany, the Netherlands and China. Acu port is a multi-company platform developed by Prumo Logística, controlled by the American institutional investor EIG Energy Partners. In addition to this hydrogen pilot, the port is also involved in solar and wind projects.

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