Gazprom Neft developing hydrogen production with carbon capture

Jun 04 2021

Gazprom Neft has concluded an agreement with metallurgy companies Severstal and EVRAZ on collaborating in developing hydrogen production, transportation, storage and utilisation technologies, and on reducing CO2 emissions, in Russia and abroad.

The three companies are looking at hydrogen as a promising energy source. Converting some steelmaking infrastructure to hydrogen will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with “blue-hydrogen” production technologies involving steam methane reformation (SMR) iand capture and storage of the CO2 emissions.

Gazprom Neft has experience in closed-cycle CO2 collection, processing and re-injection — its Serbian subsidiary NIS (a joint venture between Gazprom Neft and the Republic of Serbia) having been involved in a project on collecting and purifying high CO2-content natural gas from various fields since 2015. The CO2 extracted is then injected into developed reservoirs, at a depth of more than 2,500 metres.

The agreement envisages Gazprom Neft sharing experience in CO2 recycling, while the metallurgy companies will assess the potential for transferring their hydrocarbon-fuelled production facilities over to methane—hydrogen blends. The parties will also analyse hydrogen production, transportation and storage technologies.

“Reducing GHG emissions is one of priorities EVRAZ sets in its environmental strategy. We support the global low-carbon agenda, while looking for new opportunities to modernise our production facilities in a bid to contribute to climate stability and improve the environmental situation in those communities in which we operate. I am positive that CO2 capture, disposal and utilisation technologies, as well as the use of hydrogen as energy source, have huge potential for our coal and steelmaking assets," Alexei Ivanov, EVRAZ.

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