As part of our Positive Motion strategy, we are launching the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley, the most ambitious renewable hydrogen project in Spain and one of the most important in Europe, which will accelerate the ecological transition and achieve greater energy independence for the continent.
This project involves an investment of 3 billion euros for the creation of two new green hydrogen generation plants at the energy parks in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) and San Roque (Campo de Gibraltar, Cádiz), which will have a total capacity of 2 GW of electrolysis and will come into operation in 2026 and 2027, respectively.
These plants will produce up to 300,000 tons of green hydrogen per year, which will boost the production of second generation biofuels for aviation (SAF) and heavy land and sea transportation. And it will make it possible to develop by-products such as green ammonia and methanol, which will help decarbonize our customers in the maritime sector in particular.
The Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley is born: the largest green hydrogen project in Europe
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Green hydrogen as a new energy vector
Green hydrogen is a key tool for our own decarbonization and that of our customers, especially in sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as industry, heavy road transportation, and air and sea transportation.
Starting up these hydrogen plants, linked to biofuel production, will prevent 6 million tons of CO2 emissions per year, as well as emissions from other gases and particles, thus improving air quality and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Agenda 2030 goals.
Generating the renewable energy needed for these plants will be possible thanks to the development of wind and solar projects. In addition, we will work alongside other renewable energy producers in Andalusia and the rest of Spain to promote integrating our plants into the electrical system.
The Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley will turn Andalusia and Spain into a European energy power with export capacity, contributing to Europe's security of supply and energy independence, thus supporting the REPowerEU strategy and helping to achieve the goals of the 2030 Agenda to combat climate change.
Furthermore, the development of this valley will position Andalusian ports as world leaders in international green hydrogen corridors and in supplying new green fuels for maritime transportation. Proof of this is the agreement signed with the Port of Rotterdam to create the first green hydrogen corridor linking southern and northern Europe, also linking with other ports such as Singapore.
Boosting industrial activity and employment in the region
Developing the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley will generate 10,000 jobs, 1,000 of them directly, and it will boost the economic activity of more than 400 SMEs in the area. It will also boost industrial activity in the region by facilitating access to affordable, accessible, secure, and sustainable energy that is close to production centers. Andalusia already consumes 40% of the hydrogen used in Spain today.
The region already has important industrial clusters, which is why our objective is to promote partnerships and collaborations to make the region more competitive. In this sense, the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley will be a center of attraction for other links in the hydrogen value chain, such as electrolyzer factories, green fertilizer plants, or hydrogen transport technology.
In addition, this project will generate new opportunities for local talent. At Cepsa we will invest in training new job profiles through the training centers at our Energy Parks, as well as through other partnerships with universities in the region.
of green hydrogen per year
jobs (1,000 direct)
SMEs and freelancers
Andalusia has the best conditions to be one of the most competitive and efficient regions in the world in the production of green hydrogen. It is one of the places in Europe with the most competitive wind and solar photovoltaic generation capacity: more than 80% of the cost of green hydrogen production is derived from the cost of renewable electricity.
Andalusia consumes 40% of the hydrogen currently used in Spain, so Palos de la Frontera and San Roque, where there is already a significant industrial fabric, are prime sites to implement large-scale projects. Only projects like these, with access to a broad mix of renewable sources and high end-user demand, can be competitive.
The location of the plants will contribute to the increased integration of renewable projects in the autonomous community and will improve their utilization by taking advantage of surplus renewable energy generation during off-peak hours, accelerating compliance with the region's and Spain's decarbonization objectives.