5 Mar 2024 18:39

Rosatom plans to launch hydrogen plant at Sakhalin in 2029, close to deciding on investment

MOSCOW. March 5 (Interfax) - Rosatom state nuclear energy corporation plans to launch a hydrogen production plant at Sakhalin in 2029, JSC Rusatom Overseas Vice President Anton Moskvin said in the Federation Council.

Moskvin said that the construction site has already been selected, and the company sees demand for both exports and supplies within Russia.

The plant could have capacity up to 36,500 tonnes per year of "blue" hydrogen, Moskvin said.

"We are currently working on an investment feasibility study, and we are in fact moving toward taking an investment decision. The matter of guaranteeing sales of hydrogen fully is currently open, because the benchmark is the countries of Asia, primarily China and South Korea. There are partners with whom preliminary agreements have been concluded, though more work obviously needs to be completed to sign formal, firm agreements in order to take an investment decision," Moskvin said.

Rosatom said in 2022 that Rusatom Overseas and China's CEEC plan to begin exporting low-carbon hydrogen from Sakhalin to China in 2025, and the parties concluded a corresponding memorandum. "We are considering the scenario of exporting hydrogen to China in liquefied form in tank containers by shipping vessel," Rusatom Overseas President Yevgeny Pakermanov said.