Nel receives €9 million electrolyser equipment order from Hyd’Occ

Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser, a subsidiary of Norway’s Nel ASA, has signed a contract for 20 MW of alkaline electrolyser equipment for about €9 million with Hyd’Occ for its project in Port-La-Nouvelle, France.

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The 20 MW electrolyser will supply renewable hydrogen to local industry and transportation in southern France, Nel said, adding that this is a firm purchase order for alkaline stacks and balance of stacks.

The stacks are planned to be delivered to the client around year-end 2023, and Nel informed it will assist the client in the project’s installation, commissioning and start-up.

Port-La-Nouvelle, where the electrolyser will be located, is expected to be a significant hub for hydrogen flows in the Mediterranean, and Nel noted it has already performed and delivered the front-end engineering and design (FEED) study on the project.

Hyd’Occ is backed by Qair, a French renewable energy and hydrogen producer, as the primary shareholder and developer, and AREC Occitanie, the regional agency for energy transition (held by the Occitanie administrative region), as a minority shareholder.

Hans Hide, Chief Project Officer at Nel, said that the project holds great potential for Nel being in one of the Mediterranean’s future hydrogen hubs, and Guirec Dufour, CEO at Qair France, noted that the collaboration takes them a step further in making concrete the hydrogen ecosystem of the future.


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