“The GreenH2Atlantic project, which is developing a green
hydrogen production unit in Sines, received the status of PIN (Potential
National Interest)”, reads the statement sent to Lusa.
That status is awarded by AICEP, “in recognition of the
strategic importance that the project has for Portugal”, weighing in the
decision factors such as strategic investment and attracting investors and
international partners, job creation, boosting the local and national economy
and the commitment to innovation and energy transition from renewable sources.
“For the attribution of this status, all the consulted
entities were favourable: Portuguese Environment Agency, Directorate General
for Energy and Geology, Institute for Nature Conservation, Turismo de Portugal
and Sines City Council”, clarifies the same note.
The GreenH2Atlantic is promoted by EDP, Galp, ENGIE,
Bondalti, Martifer, Vestas Wind Systems A/S and has the participation of McPhy
and Efacec, ISQ, INESC-TEC, DLR and CEA and by the public-private combination
of companies Axelera.
The objective is to adapt and reuse the infrastructure of
the Sines coal-fired power plant, which ended its operation in January 2021,
into a 'green' hydrogen production centre.
The project aims to create 1,147 direct jobs and 2,744 indirect
ones along the entire hydrogen value chain, with an expected investment of more
than 150 million euros, of which 30 million come from funds allocated by the
European Commission (Horizon 2020 programme).