The development of the renewable hydrogen production plant in La Robla will be associated with the start-up of a solar photovoltaic generation project comprising various farms located in neighbouring municipalities, with a total capacity of around 450 MWp. Although the maximum capacity of the hydrogen plant was initially set at 60 MW, the existence of potential industrial consumers in the area and the proximity to the future hydrogen pipeline backbone will allow the electrolysis capacity to be increased to 280 MW.
The new sizing of the hydrogen production plant will achieve economies of scale, reducing the production costs of renewable hydrogen and thus increasing the competitive advantages of the consuming companies. In addition, the project is eligible for the different calls for applications for subsidies available at national and European level for the development of renewable hydrogen.
The plant in La Robla will prevent the emission of more than 430,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere per year, contributing to the decarbonisation of industrial processes and the development of sustainable mobility.
The project also seeks to be a vector for local development, supporting the decarbonisation of activities in the area, for which it has a number of potential consumers in industry, such as the Cementos Tudela Veguín factory in La Robla. Sustainable mobility actions are also planned in the Autonomous Community, such as those promoted by the company Alsa for intercity lines in the province.
The development of this project reinforces Enagás Renovable and Naturgy’s commitment to the energy transition and to the mining regions in the framework of the just transition following the cessation of activities such as mining and coal-fired power plants.