Marubeni – First Green Hydrogen Injection Demonstration Project in Portugal
Marubeni Corporation (hereinafter, “Marubeni”) launched the first green hydrogen injection demonstration project in the natural gas distribution network of Portugal through its investment in Floene Energias, S.A. (hereinafter, “Floene”), a gas distribution system operator in Portugal with over 70% of the country’s market share (Marubeni holds a 22.5% stake in Floene through a joint venture with Toho Gas).
In this demonstration project, Floene is transporting green hydrogen*1 through its newly-constructed hydrogen pipeline, injecting it into its existing natural gas network, and distributing it to a customer base at around 80 residential, commercial, and industrial locations.
The green hydrogen utilized is produced by a local company through an electrolysis process to split water using solar power. Floene plans to increase its injection ratio up to 20% during a two-year demonstration period as the Portuguese government is targeting a 10 to 15% injection ratio by 2030 in its National Hydrogen Strategy.
Marubeni has positioned “Green Strategy” as one of its basic policies for its Mid-Term Management Strategy GC2024, and the Marubeni Group aspires to be a forerunner in green businesses. Marubeni is also promoting a green hydrogen demonstration project in Chile*2. The company will contribute to decarbonization and energy transition through the promotion of renewable gases such as hydrogen and biomethane in Portugal and Chile.