Project developer Flexens Oy Ab and KIP Infra Oy, part of Kokkola city council, have signed a letter of intent regarding a land lease agreement for a facility with a hydrogen production capacity of approximately 300 megawatts in the Kokkola Industrial Park area. Such a facility would certify a strengthened energy and ammonia self-sufficiency for Finland. Production of mainly green hydrogen and ammonia is meant to start running at the end of 2027. The Finnish Minister of Economic Affairs, Mika Lintilä, considers this good news for both Central Ostrobothnia and the development of the Finnish hydrogen economy.
As the country’s largest hydrogen project to date, the facility in Kokkola would mark a concrete step forward for the Finnish hydrogen industry. The facility would also be partially responsible for Europe’s energy needs and ensure self-sufficient fertiliser production.
Hydrogen production is crucial for the renewable energy transition.
KOKKOLA’S INDUSTRIAL PARK OFFERS AN EXCELLENT ENVIRONMENT FOR HYDROGEN PRODUCTION
The new hydrogen plant is being built in the Kokkola Industrial Park. Kokkola was chosen because of the city’s suitable industrial area.
“Hydrogen gas is already produced in Kokkola, which guarantees an established safe operating environment. In addition, there is a port in the area. Along the west coast, a type of ‘hydrogen hub’ is also being formed, as there is already the wind power and green electricity required for hydrogen production,” says Schalin.
For Kokkola, the hydrogen facility would also create several new jobs.
In addition, Kokkolan Energia Oy is negotiating using waste heat from the hydrogen plant in its district heating production.
THE HYDROGEN TRANSMISSION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT NORDIC HYDROGEN ROUTE BOTHNIAN BAY SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE AREA’S HYDROGEN ECONOMY
One of the essential partners in the Kokkola hydrogen plant project is Gasgrid Finland, developing infrastructure for hydrogen transmission within the Nordic Hydrogen Route Bothnian Bay project, together with the Swedish company Nordion Energi. The Nordic Hydrogen Route Bothnian Bay project aims to set up a 1,000-kilometer hydrogen transmission network around the Bothnian Bay and Bothnian Gulf, and an open hydrogen market by 2030.
The hydrogen production facility and the Nordic Hydrogen Route Bothnian Bay are important to each other and the green industrialisation of the region, as they can contribute to the development of the hydrogen economy both in the Kokkola region and elsewhere. The hydrogen produced in the Kokkola plant can be transported and stored in the hydrogen transmission network developed in the area, to which several producers and consumers can connect. In this way, the conditions are created for hydrogen trading and the development of a hydrogen infrastructure and market.
Gasgrid and Flexens intend, together with other actors in the area, to study the development needs for local, and thus also regional and national, hydrogen infrastructure.
“We invite actors in the area to participate in Flexens’ and Gasgrid’s joint study and to actively participate in the development of the local hydrogen economy”, Schalin comments.
Berndt Schalin, Flexens Oy Ab, firstname.lastname@example.org, +358 (0) 408 429 469
Olli Sipilä, Gasgrid Finland Oy, email@example.com
Jonne Sandberg, KIP Infra Oy, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mikko Rintamäki, Kokkolan Energia Oy, email@example.com
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Flexens Oy Ab is a project developer and investor implementing critical technologies needed to enable societies to run 100 % renewable energy sources. Flexens was founded in 2018 to capitalise on the skills and capabilities created in building the world-leading RES testbed and demo platform, Smart Energy Åland, capturing the rapidly growing demand for renewable energy systems.
Picture by KIP Infra Oy.