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On December 3rd, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction announced the signing of a “MoU on the Implementation of the Hydrogen Liquefaction Plant CCUS Project at Changwon National Industrial Complex” with Hychangwon Co. Changwon City Mayor Seong-Mu Heo, Hychangwon CEO Jung-Han Baek, and Doosan Heavy President & COO Yeonin Jung were among those present at the signing ceremony conducted at Changwon City Hall.

Doosan will use the CCUS (Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage) technology in the Changwon Hydrogen Liquefaction Plant, which began construction on July 28th. The CCUS technology is critical for the generation of blue hydrogen since it is utilized to absorb carbon emissions created during the hydrogen manufacturing process. Doosan will be responsible for all engineering, production, construction, and operation tasks associated with the deployment of the CCUS technology. Changwon City will be in charge of administrative tasks such as investment and project funding, while Hychangwon will be in charge of CO2 supply and other assistance required at the hydrogen liquefaction plant.

By establishing a facility for the liquidation of captured CO2, Doosan hopes to develop Korea’s first blue hydrogen plant by 2023. This plant will create 5 tons of blue hydrogen and 48 tons of liquid CO2 per day, which will be distributed to hydrogen filling stations and gas makers, respectively.

“Embarking on this project of building Korea’s first blue hydrogen plant together with Changwon City and Hychangwon holds much significance for us,” said Yeonin Jung, Doosan Heavy’s President & COO. He added, “With the signing of this MoU, we plan to contribute to the promotion of the local hydrogen industry and the establishment of a solid foundation for eco-friendly blue hydrogen production.”

The South Korean government discussed five linked agenda topics at the 4th Hydrogen Economy Committee meeting on November 26th to support the objective of “Achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050” and “Becoming a Hydrogen-Leading Nation.” Among the issues on the agenda was the “1st Basic Plan for Hydrogen Economy Implementation,” a plan aimed at supplying 27.9 million tons of clean hydrogen annually by 2050.

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