European Commission approves Bondalti hydrogen project
The Bondalti project for the production of hydrogen at the Estarreja Chemical Complex achieved the status of “Important Project of Common European Interest” (IPCEI) awarded by the European Commission.
Named H2Enable, and integrated into the mobilizing agendas of the PRR (Program for Recovery and Resilience) with an estimated investment of 142 million euros until 2026, the project led by Bondalti, and including other partners, such as Air Liquide, Faculty of Engineering of University of Porto, APQuímica and HyLab, comprises of the building of an infrastructure for the production of green hydrogen at the Estarreja Chemical Complex.
H2Enable aligns with the European goals of decarbonization and re-industrialization, based on advanced, intelligent and efficient technologies, low environmental impact, orientation towards more qualified products with greater added value, as well as the principles of circularity.
The project mainly aims to decarbonise 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 the national natural gas network and in the mobility sector, contributing to Portugal's competitive positioning in green energies and in line with the objectives of the European Commission of RePowerEU.
“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 character for the decarbonization goals defined by Portugal and Europe until 2050. With this validation by the European Union, an important step is taken towards the realization of H2Enable”, commented João de Mello, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bondalti.