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Oulu Energy plans 100MW Finnish plant

RICHARD HEAP

February 14, 2024

Finnish utility Oulu Energy has set out plans to develop a 100MW green hydrogen plant in Oulu in northern Finland.

The company is planning the project in the Laanila industrial area. It is developing the facility with Finnish power-to-X technology firm P2X Solutions; and the companies are due to take a final investment decision on the plant in autumn 2025 for completion in 2028.

In addition to 100MW of green electrolyser capacity, the project is set to include a carbon capture plant; hydrogen and carbon dioxide storage capacity; and an additional processing plant for methane or e-methanol.

Kimmo Alatulkkila, development director at Oulu Energy, said: “The heat energy gained would correspond to approximately 10–30 per cent of Oulu’s annual district heating demand. This would enable us to produce heat in an environmentally friendly manner and improve the competitiveness of district heating.”

Herkko Plit, chief executive of P2X Solutions, said: “When completed, the capacity of the Oulu hydrogen plant would be up to 100 megawatts, which makes it very significant also on the scale of Finland. For P2X Solutions, the project would mean a significant scaling up of operations from our facilities in Harjavalta and Joensuu.”

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