Neuman & Esser leading hydrogen project

Plant being developed by Chile’s state-owned oil company

The National Petroleum Co. (ENAP), Chile’s state-owned oil company, announced the construction of its first green hydrogen plant in Magallanes. (Image: ENAP)

Neuman & Esser will be in charge of building a hydrogen plant for Chile’s National Petroleum Co. (Enap) with production projected to start in 2025.

In January 2023, the company announced the start of its own green hydrogen project in the Cabo Negro complex, in Magallanes. The plant will be powered by the Vientos Patagónico wind farm – of which Enap is the majority shareholder – and will have a capacity of 1 MW, which will be used for vehicle charging stations and to power the furnace of the plant.

With the construction of this plant, Enap hopes to generate knowledge and experience in the production and use of this energy in the Magallanes region, as part of its strategy for the development of new fuels.

Neuman & Esser was awarded the bidding process for the project, which considers electrolysis, storage, a charging station and a detailed training plan for company workers, among others.

“We at Neuman & Esser, as global experts in the hydrogen value chain, see Enap’s pioneering spirit and the technological complexity of this important and challenging project as highlights,” said Managing Director of Neuman & Esser Marcelo Veneroso. “Aligned with global decarbonization policies, Enap’s strategic vision promotes national self-consumption and contributes to the development of the green hydrogen economy in Chile, complementing the country’s objective of being an exporter of this sustainable energy vector.”

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