Regulatory announcement in the United Kingdom: Total and Engie join forces to develop the largest French site for the production of green hydrogen from 100% renewable electricity



Total (Paris: FP) (LSE: TTA) (NYSE: TOT) and Engie have signed a cooperation agreement to design, develop, build and operate the Masshylia project, the largest renewable hydrogen production site in France in Châteauneuf -les-Martigues in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur South region.

Located in the heart of Total’s La Mède biorefinery and powered by solar parks with a total capacity of over 100 MW, the 40 MW electrolyser will produce 5 tonnes of green hydrogen per day to meet the needs of the process. production of biofuels at La Mède by Total biorefinery, avoiding 15,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

An innovative management solution for the production and storage of hydrogen will be implemented to manage the intermittent production of solar electricity and the needs of the biorefinery for continuous hydrogen.

The project thus integrates the implementation of 5 innovations that foreshadow the decarbonisation solutions of the industry, unprecedented in Europe:

  • A digital control system for the continuous supply of hydrogen with real-time management of solar electricity production,

  • Optimize the integration of several photovoltaic farms supplying the electrolyser to minimize energy losses and limit network congestion,

  • Large-scale hydrogen storage to balance intermittent electricity production and continuous hydrogen consumption,

  • A direct current connection between a photovoltaic farm and the electrolyser to improve the energy balance,

  • Reinforced industrial safety thanks to the use of 3D digital models for each component of the installation

Beyond this first phase, new renewable farms could be developed by the partners for the electrolyser, which has the capacity to produce up to 15 tonnes of green hydrogen per day.

The Masshylia project has been labeled innovative and of great interest for the region by several regional institutions (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Sud region, Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis, Capenergies competitiveness cluster). It benefits from the support of local actors for its ability to reduce CO2 and demonstrate the economic advantages of renewable hydrogen and its integration into the local ecosystem and at European level.

The two partners aim to start construction of the facilities in 2022, after the completion of the advanced engineering study, with a view to production in 2024, subject to the necessary financial support and public authorizations. To this end, the project has already requested grants from the French (AMI) and European (IPCEI, Innovation Fund) authorities.

» Innovation and sustainability are at the heart of this common project. As our commitment to the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance shows, we believe in the future of renewable hydrogen and we are working with our partner Engie to achieve it. This renewable hydrogen production facility, combined with our expertise in solar energy, is a further step in our commitment to reach net zero by 2050.. » says Philippe Sauquet, President Gas, Renewables & Power at Total. “The association of two major French energy companies will make it possible to develop the hydrogen sector and to become its leaders thanks to this common, industrial project that can be reproduced internationally”.

« The Masshylia project demonstrates Engie’s ability to meet the challenges of the energy transition by developing innovative carbon-neutral solutions. The partnership between Engie and Total, by its scope and its very ambitious integrated approach, embodies Engie’s strategy of developing renewable hydrogen to reduce our customers’ CO.2 footprint. It also paves the way for a multi-use renewable hydrogen hub in the near future, strongly anchored in the region and with an international reach.. « this Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, EVP d’Engie in charge of renewable energies.

About Total & Hydrogen

Total is focusing on the production of clean, blue or green hydrogen, produced using carbon neutral processes, gas-based with carbon capture and storage, or from intermittent renewable electricity. For several years, the Group has been working on the development of concrete use cases, for the decarbonisation of industrial processes as well as in mobility and gas. Total is particularly involved as an industrial user, within its refineries, and as a player in its development as a fuel, particularly in Germany with H2 Mobility. Total is also an active member of several initiatives and professional associations dedicated to hydrogen: the Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and France Hydrogen. A Business Unit dedicated to Clean Hydrogen was created in June 2020, within the Gas, Renewables & Energy branch of Total.

About Total

Total is a large energy company that produces and markets fuels, natural gas and electricity. Our 100,000 employees are committed to better energy, more affordable, more reliable, cleaner and accessible to as many people as possible. Active in more than 130 countries, our ambition is to become the responsible energy major.

About Engie & Hydrogen

Engie believes that hydrogen will play a key role in the energy transition. The Group is at the forefront of developing a hydrogen economy on an industrial scale with more than 30 projects underway in 10 countries. Engie is present throughout the hydrogen value chain, from the production of renewable electricity, the production of renewable hydrogen to the development of various end uses. Engie invests in, designs, builds and operates renewable hydrogen solutions for industries and regions around the world. Engie is an active member of several initiatives and professional associations dedicated to hydrogen: the Hydrogen Council, Hydrogen Europe, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and France Hydrogen.

In 2018, Engie created a business unit dedicated to the development of renewable hydrogen. With more than 200 hydrogen experts within the Group, Engie is a leader in the decarbonization of industrial processes and heavy mobility.

About Engie

Our group is a world reference in low carbon energies and services. Our raison d’être is to act to accelerate the transition to a carbon neutral world, through reduced energy consumption and more environmentally friendly solutions, reconciling economic performance and positive impact on people and the planet. . We rely on our key businesses (gas, renewable energies, services) to offer competitive solutions to our customers. With our 170,000 employees, our customers, partners and stakeholders, we are a community of Imaginative Builders, committed every day to more harmonious progress.

Revenue in 2019: 60.1 billion euros. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels (ENGI) stock exchanges and is represented in the main financial (CAC 40, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial (DJSI World, DJSI Europe) indices. and Euronext Vigeo Eiris – World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Gouvernance).


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