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RWE to set up electrolyzer for Haltermann Carless at Essex, UK

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German utility RWE, which is also the UK's largest electricity generator, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Haltermann Carless, a supplier of hydrocarbon-based products and solvents, to develop a green hydrogen plant in Essex, UK. Both partners have completed feasibility studies for a green electrolzer and are currently assessing grid and water connections for the project. The size of the project was not immediately disclosed. 

The plant will be built on land that is part of the Haltermann Carless industrial site in Harwich, Essex, which is driving the development of sustainable products that will help lower greenhouse gas emissions, including the possible future production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF).

Nicole Tang, Hydrogen Project Development Manager, RWE, said in a statement: "Not only could this electrolyzer plant produce green hydrogen, but it would provide local jobs, significant supply chain opportunities, and a greener more sustainable hydrogen fuel for industrial users in the area."

Keith Mead, Sustainability Manager, Haltermann Carless, commented: "As we embarked upon our Sustainability Strategy it very quickly became clear that hydrogen, and, in particular, electrolytic (green) hydrogen would need to be part of the fundamental shift that enabled the twin HCS objectives of reducing CO2 emissions and delivering portfolio change."

RWE, which is the largest power producer in the UK, is developing ~1GWe hydrogen opportunities across the kingdom. The company is aiming to set up 2 GW of green hydrogen electrolyzer capacity in core markets by the end of this decade. 

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