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Total, Air Liquide join forces on green hydrogen to decarbonize Normandy platform


Total Energies' refinery in Normandy, France (Photo: Total Energies)

Total Energies and Air Liquide have signed an agreement for the long-term supply of green and low-carbon hydrogen to the Total Energies refining and petrochemical platform in Normandy, France.





The project will contribute to the decarbonization of the Gonfrevillle site, reducing its CO2 emissions by up to 150,000 tons a year.




This cooperation between Air Liquide and Total Energies is aligned with the two companies’ shared commitment to contributing to decarbonize industrial operations in the Axe Seine corridor.





The project calls for the supply of 10,000 tons of green hydrogen per year to the Total Energies platform in Normandy and up to 5,000 tons per year of low-carbon hydrogen starting from the second half of 2026.




It is comprised of two integrated parts:




  • The production of green and low-carbon hydrogen by the Normand’Hy electrolyzer, which will be built and operated by Air Liquide, with a total electrical capacity of 200 megawatts. Total Energies will have access to half of this production capacity, corresponding to the amount of hydrogen supplied to its refinery.



  • Total Energies will supply around 700-gigawat hours per year of renewable and low-carbon power to the Air Liquide electrolyzer for half of its capacity (100 megawatts), corresponding to the share of hydrogen delivered to the Total Energies refinery in Normandy



“This partnership with Air Liquide is a new step in Total Energies’ ambition to decarbonize the hydrogen used by its refineries in Europe by 2030,” said Bernard Pinatel, president of refining and chemicals for Total Energies. “By supplying the electrolyzer with renewable electricity from solar and wind projects, Total Energies is making the most of its positioning as an integrated power supplier.”




Pascal Vinet, an executive with Air Liquide, added, “This memorandum of understanding with Total Energies illustrates our ability to offer concrete decarbonization solutions to our customers. Air Liquide Normand’Hy will contribute to the decarbonization trajectory of our assets. It is also in line with our commitment to accompany the industry and mobility sectors in their path to reducing their carbon footprint. Our collaboration with Total Energies also strengthens hydrogen development in Normandy. Supported by the French state and the European Union, the Air Liquide Normand’Hy project confirms our commitment to develop renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production by electrolysis technology at industrial scale.”

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