Ireland’s first green hydrogen production facility gathers pace with Worley appointed for concept design

Source: press release, 17 June 2021

photo: Worley
photo: Worley

Worley, global providers of engineering, procurement, and construction services to the energy industry, has been appointed by energy company EI-H2 to help develop Ireland’s first commercial scale green hydrogen production facility.

The 50-megawatt plant will be located in Aghada, close to the lower Cork harbour. It will see green hydrogen produced by electrolysis, powered by renewable energy. Once operational, the facility will supply over 20 tonnes of green hydrogen per day to a diverse commercial market and will remove 63,000 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

The project, which once complete, will be one of the largest green energy facilities of its kind in the world, will generate job creation in the local area, and will assist in meeting the targets of Ireland’s recent Climate Bill which mandates emissions reductions of 51% by 2030.

Worley’s technical and commercial experts will be developing the concept design for the facility, utilising best practice from similar projects around the globe to accelerate project delivery and achieve the earliest possible commercial production date, supporting Ireland in its ambition to become a leader in green energy.

With a portfolio of future projects in the pipeline for Ireland, this first-of-its kind project marks the start of many planned developments for EI-H2.

“We are delighted to partner with Worley as we look to deliver Ireland’s first green hydrogen production facility in Aghada, County Cork. We firmly believe that Ireland is incredibly well positioned to become a global leader in green energy. At EI-H2, we believe in partnerships that last. In that context, Worley are the natural choice to develop this key infrastructure,” says Tom Lynch, CEO of EI-H2.

“This is an exciting opportunity for Worley to apply our vast experience in delivering the world’s most ground-breaking green hydrogen projects to the Irish market. As more renewable energy comes online, Ireland has a strategic role to play in decarbonising Europe. We continue to grow our strong footprint in this geography, supporting our customers to build a more sustainable future,” says Eoghan Quinn, Vice President, Power and New Energy, Worley.

The project is expected to be operational before the end of 2023.