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Kazakhstan Signs Deal to Make Hydrogen at a $50 Billion-Plant

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Kazakhstan Signs Deal to Make Hydrogen at a $50 Billion-Plant

Kazakhstan plans to start producing green hydrogen via a $50 billion project by the end of the decade to help Europe to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. - Bloomberg

Svevind Energy Group, the company behind Europe’s largest wind farm in Sweden, signed an agreement with Kazakhstan’s government to build a 20 gigawatt green hydrogen plant that is expected to be one of the world’s largest, the company said on Thursday. The electrolysers will be able to produce up to 2 million tons of green hydrogen per year from 2032, the equivalent to about one-fifth of the EU target for imported green hydrogen in 2030.

The investment agreement signed today takes the project into the next, decisive phase. Kazakhstan is the ideal hosting country for the project as it has excellent year-round wind conditions and solar radiation. The country has lower costs of green hydrogen production, which makes it very competitive in the global market.

Wolfgang Kropp, founder and CEO of Svevind Energy Group

The industrial park of electrolysers will be fed by wind and photovoltaic plants with total capacity of around 40 gigawatts in the flat grasslands of southwest Kazakhstan. Produced by using renewable electricity, with no carbon dioxide emissions, green hydrogen is a key element of the European Union’s plan to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and decarbonize energy-intensive industries. The bloc wants to produce 10 million tons of green hydrogen and import the same amont from abroad by the end of the decade.

Despite those credentials, producing green hydrogen can be complicated and expensive. High energy prices, driven by Russia’s war in Ukraine, have improved the economics of hydrogen when compared to fossil fuels, and a wave of new projects are starting to take shape around the world.

Europe will not be able to produce all the green hydrogen it will need. We see Europe as an important market, one of the most advanced ones when it comes to support for green hydrogen.

Wolfgang Kropp, founder and CEO of Svevind Energy Group

The European Commission is deepening its economic relationship with Kazakhstan, with a virtual meeting earlier this month between EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. The two sides are expected to sign a strategic partnership agreement for sustainable raw materials, batteries and green hydrogen before the end of November, said Kropp. 

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