Hydrogen project approved in Europe

The Bondalti project for the production of hydrogen at the Estarreja Chemical Complex obtained the status of “Important Project of Common European Interest” (in English, IPCEI) awarded by the European Commission.

Called H2Enable, and also integrated into the mobilizing agendas of the PRR (Recovery and Resilience Program) with an estimated investment of 142 million euros by 2026, the project led by Bondalti, and including other partners, such as Air Liquide, Faculdade de Engenharia do Porto, APQuímica and HyLab, consists of the construction of an infrastructure for the production of green hydrogen in the Estarreja Chemical Complex.

H2Enable aligns with European decarbonization and reindustrialization goals, based on advanced, intelligent and efficient technologies, low environmental impact, orientation towards more qualified products with greater added value, and the principles of circularity.

The project is mainly aimed at decarbonizing Bondalti's operations, namely in the production of Aniline, in line with the Company's goals of achieving carbon neutrality and using energy from 100% renewable sources by 2030. H2Enable will also allow production for direct sale in the market, namely through injection into the national natural gas network and the mobility sector, contributing to Portugal's competitive position in green energy and aligned with the objectives of the RepowerEU European Commission.

“This notification by the European Commission represents the recognition of the validity and competence of the project led by Bondalti in the hydrogen chain, as well as its strategic nature for the decarbonization goals defined by Portugal and Europe by 2050. With this validation of the European Union, an important step has been taken to achieve H2Enable”, commented João de Mello, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bondalti.