Industry decarbonisation

Preem and Vattenfall are designing a fossil-free hydrogen gas power plant

Electrification of transport is happening.

Direct electrification of cars and lorries is an established path towards fossil-free transport. Less well known is the potential to use indirect electrification to further lower the climate impact of liquid biofuels – and positive progress is made within this field. Preem and Vattenfall have entered a partnership with the purpose of using fossil-free hydrogen for large-scale biofuel production to reduce Sweden's total CO2 emissions by 15%.

Workers at a Preem refinery. Photo: Preem

Planning for a new fossil-free hydrogen gas power plant

The partnership between Preem and Vattenfall intensified in 2019 with a shared ambition to construct a new plant with a capacity of 20GW. Currently, we are in the process of designing and developing the plant which would be Europe’s largest water electrolysis plant for the refinery sector. The Swedish National Energy Agency’s funding of the preliminary planning process has been important for our progress.

Once complete, the plant is expected to reduce Sweden’s carbon emissions from refining processes by 15% or 25,000 tons per year. Emissions in the transport sector are expected to be reduced by around 230,000 tons annually, when biofuels replace diesel and petrol. This is equivalent to the annual emissions from 80,000 vehicles, and would, together with projected development of direct electrification of transport, enable the 70% reduction in transport emissions that Sweden is aiming for.

News and press releases

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Hydrogen, an important step towards independence from fossil fuels

With hydrogen produced from renewable sources like wind energy, a significant part of today’s carbon emissions from industry, transportation and heating could be avoided. Vattenfall is explo...

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Vattenfall CEO Magnus Hall and Preem CEO Petter Holland.

Preem and Vattenfall deepen partnership for the production of fossil-free fuel on a large scale

Vattenfall and Preem want to lead the transition towards a sustainable society. A new three-year agreement forms the foundation for increased collaboration around fossil-free hydrogen for bi...

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Two employees at Preem's refinery in Gothenburg. Photo: Preem

Swedish Energy Agency supports Preem and Vattenfall's planned hydrogen gas plant in Gothenburg

Preem and Vattenfall have the shared goal of using hydrogen gas in the large-scale production of renewable fuel. The Swedish Energy Agency, through 'Industriklivet' (Industrial Evolution), w...

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The Preem works in Lysekil, Sweden. Photo: Preem

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