Gyeonggi Province completes Korea’s largest hydrogen production complex in Pyeongtaek city, capable of supplying fuel to 410,000 hydrogen vehicles per year

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SUWON, South Korea , August 22, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A hydrogen production complex capable of supplying fuel to 410,000 hydrogen vehicles per year has opened in the city of Pyeongtaek, Gyeonggi province, the July 27.

It is the first of its kind in the Korean capital region and the second in the country after the one in the city of Changwon – the capital of South Gyeongsang Province – which has been operating since late last year.

Gyeonggi Province expects the Pyeongtaek complex to become a beachhead in the era of hydrogen power.

Governor of Gyeonggi Province Dong Yeon Kim “One of the future challenges that we have to overcome is climate change”, adding: “We will do our utmost to promote the hydrogen economy as one of the measures to tackle the climate crisis, in us focusing on the Pyeongtaek hydrogen production complex”.

He continued: “The Pyeongtaek complex will be the largest hydrogen production base in South Koreaproducing more than seven tons of hydrogen per day.” He added: “I have no doubt that this complex will play a key role in the era of carbon neutrality.”

Previously, Governor Kim had pledged to create a “hydrogen fusion cluster” in the cities of Pyeongtaek and Ansan and make it a key hub for the hydrogen industry through links. with specialized industries in the region.

Following the construction of the hydrogen production complex, Gyeonggi Province and the city of Pyeongtaek plan to build a hydrogen transport complex connected to hydrogen refueling stations near the port of Pyeongtaek and create a “city hydrogen” which uses hydrogen as its main source of energy.

The Pyeongtaek complex was selected in December 2019 for the construction project of a hydrogen production complex promoted by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy, for a total project cost of 23 billion KRW ($17.5 million): 4.85 billion KRW from the central government, 3 billion KRW of the provincial government, 7 billion KRW the city government, and KRW 8.15 billion from the private sector.

This complex will produce hydrogen by reforming natural gas (a process of pyrolysis of natural gas with steam) supplied from the Pyeongtaek LNG reception base. From August, up to seven tonnes of hydrogen are expected to be produced per day (approximately 2,450 tonnes per year). This is the largest production quantity in South Koreacapable of fully refueling 1,200 hydrogen cars per day (about 410,000 vehicles per year).

Most of the 33 hydrogen refueling stations currently in operation in the Korean capital region (20 in Gyeonggi province, seven in Seoul, and six in Incheon) are supplied with hydrogen from remote locations such as Daesan, Ulsan and Yeosu, which are on average more than 120 kilometers apart. As the completion of this complex is expected to significantly reduce hydrogen transportation costs, the provincial government expects the price of hydrogen supply in the capital region to also drop.

At the same time, from 2019, the Korean central government (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy) plans to build small hydrogen production bases that will supply hydrogen fuel from town gas. close to demand sites in order to resolve the regional bias in the supply of produced hydrogen. in petrochemical complexes such as Daesan, Ulsan and Yeosu. This initiative is implemented in seven regions of the country.

The ministry plans to complete the currently planned establishment of seven small-scale (natural gas-based) hydrogen production bases within this year to achieve carbon neutrality, and further support the construction clean hydrogen production bases with water electrolysis and carbon capture. functions by 2026.


A hydrogen production complex, capable of supplying fuel to 410,000 hydrogen vehicles per year, opened in Pyeongtaek city, Gyeonggi province on July 27. © Gyeonggi Provincial Government

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