PLANS to “put Scotland at the forefront of the green revolution” by developing a new green hydrogen plant in Grangemouth have been announced.

REW, a German-based energy group, has announced plans to build a new green hydrogen plant in Grangemouth on the site of the current petrol refinery station operated by Ineos.

The company has secured a grid connection as well as shortlisting electrolyser suppliers as the project is hoped to make a positive impact towards the Scottish Government's Net Zero ambitions.

The current plans propose to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the site and the initial projected capacity is to be up to 200MWe, with the ambition to potentially produce up to 3.6 tonnes of hydrogen per hour in future expansions.

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Initial plans aim to have the site operational by 2029 with the next steps being submitting a planning application and running consultations on the project with local communities.

Sopna Sury, the chief operating officer at Hydrogen RWE Generation, said the project aligns with the Scottish Government's vision of a Just Transition and will put Scotland at the forefront of the green revolution.

She said: “This is a significant step towards RWE’s ambitions for the production of green hydrogen in Scotland.

“As one of the world’s leading energy companies, RWE has significant experience in onshore and offshore wind, developing green hydrogen production plants and operating large-scale gas plants.

“This project at Grangemouth aligns with the Scottish Government’s vision for a ‘Just Transition’, putting Scotland at the forefront of the green revolution while protecting jobs and decarbonising Grangemouth.”

Colin Pritchard, sustainability director at the Ineos Grangemouth site, said the proposed plans for the green hydrogen plant will place Grangemouth firmly at the heart of Scotland’s future.

He said: “We are pleased to support RWE in their investment in green hydrogen at our site in Grangemouth

“This perfectly augments our project to develop a low-carbon (blue) hydrogen production unit at Grangemouth, with the CO2 exported deep underground in the North Sea via the Acorn transport and storage system.

“Together these projects support delivery of our net zero roadmap and place Grangemouth at the heart of Scotland’s future hydrogen economy.”