The Carling-Saint-Avold (Moselle) petrochemical platform is being built as a future supplier of carbon-free hydrogen to the steel industry in Saarland, Germany, some thirty kilometers away. The 600-hectare Moselle site could host France’s Verso Energy’s first renewable hydrogen production unit by 2028. On October 23, the project with a total investment of 450 million euros begins a preliminary consultation under the auspices of the National Commission for Public Discussion (CNDP).
Verso Energy was created in 2021 by Xavier Caïtucoli, founder of Direct Energie, which was sold in 2018 to TotalEnergie and Antoine Huard, former director of Générale du soleil.
In Carling-Saint-Avold, a duo of entrepreneurs has selected 9 hectares of former inert waste storage space where they plan to install three 100 megawatt electrolysers, each supplied by Germany’s Siemens Energy. Their commissioning, spread from 2028 to 2030, should accompany the creation of 20 to 40 direct jobs and 40 indirect jobs. These facilities will produce hydrogen primarily from electricity of renewable origin (renewable hydrogen), but also from electricity from the French electricity mix (low-carbon hydrogen).
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