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The Teruel hydrogen gigafactory promises to generate more than 5,000 jobs

The project for the large-scale production of green hydrogen in the Teruel town of Andorra, submitted to the Mudejar knot renewable energy competition by the investment fund CIP (Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners) and the wind giant Vestas, It also has the participation of three other heavyweights of the Spanish industry, such as the gas company Enagas, the electric Naturgy (antes Gas Natural) and the fertilizer manufacturer Fertiberia. This consortium of companies publicly announced this Tuesday the ambitious investment initiative advanced this Monday by El Periódico de Aragón, with which they promise to generate more than 5,000 jobs in Aragon and Valencia, where the gas produced in Teruel for make ammonia in a sustainable way.

The project her name is katherine and promises to be a global pioneer for the production of hydrogen and green ammonia, which will connect the excellent renewable resources of Teruel with the centers of industrial consumption on the east coast of Spain through a pipeline for the transport of hydrogen. Once fully implemented, the project will reach 5 gigawatts (GW) of wind and photovoltaic solar power in Aragon that will supply a 2 GW electrolyser. In this sense, Catalina could produce enough hydrogen to cover 30% of the current demand for hydrogen in Spain.

The development of the first phase, according to the promoters in a statement, is advanced. It is expected to obtain all the necessary permits in the next two years and Start construction at the end of 2023. Catalina I will have 1.7 GW of wind and photovoltaic solar energy connected to a 500 MW electrolyser that will produce 40,000 tons of green hydrogen per year. The project will connect Aragón and Valencia through a hydro pipeline that will transport this hydrogen to a newly built ammonia plant, which will produce 200,000 tons of green ammonia per year.

A key resource for producing fertilizers

The green ammonia will be used to produce sustainable fertilizers at the plant that Fertiberia has in Sagunto (Valencia), what it will mean a great advance in the decarbonization of the agricultural sector. The green hydrogen will also be used to decarbonize other industrial processes and to be injected into the natural gas network.

Catherine I is one of the eleven proposals that have been submitted to the contest opened by the Ministry for Just Transition to allocate access to the network 1,202 megawatts (MW) of renewable power that had been released in the Mudejar knot after the closure of the Andorran coal-fired power plant on June 30, 2020.

Socioeconomic impact in Teruel

The consortium led by CIP assures that the initiative “will have a great impact on the socioeconomic development of the area.” It would also allow reduce CO2e emissions by one million tons per year and up to 2.5 million when fully built, the equivalent of annual electricity consumption of almost two million homes.

The promoters assure that the collaboration with local agents and local socio-economic development are “priorities” for this project and “firmly believe in the value of Catalina as an engine of employment, development of R + D + i programs and creation of new value chains associated with the reactivation of the economy in the area».

He also believes that the project will make a great contribution to the Strategic Project for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) of Renewable energies, green hydrogen and storage (ERHA), which aims to position Spain as a benchmark in the production of green hydrogen worldwide.

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The members of the consortium have signed a collaboration agreement to carry out. The necessary final investment, as well as the percentage of participation of each one of the members will be confirmed during its development.

“Spain and, specifically Aragón, offer very good conditions for the development of this technology given its excellent wind and solar resources, political support and the proximity of the centers of demand”, assures Søren Toftgard, partner of CIP, affirms that it is a “pioneering initiative in Europe”. For Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás, the project “is the result of a common agreement of these international leaders in the sector”.