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Sinopec Breaks Ground on World's Largest Green Hydrogen Project in Ordos, China

20 Feb 2023

China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, or Sinopec, has broken ground on the world's largest green hydrogen project in Ordos, north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The project, which is Sinopec's second green hydrogen initiative, will produce 30,000 tonnes of green hydrogen and 240,000 tonnes of green oxygen annually, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 1.43 million tonnes per year.

Green hydrogen is produced from renewable resources such as solar and wind energy, without emitting carbon dioxide. The Ordos project is being implemented by Sinopec Star Petroleum Co. Ltd., an affiliate of Sinopec that invests in new energy. 

The green hydrogen and green oxygen produced by the project will be transported via pipelines to a coal-deep processing project, replacing the existing coal-to-hydrogen process. This will promote the clean and low-carbonization of coal-powered chemical products. 

The project is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.43 million tonnes per year, which is equivalent to planting 825,000 trees, according to Xu Zhendong, executive director of the Inner Mongolia branch of Sinopec Star Petroleum. 

China is currently the largest producer of hydrogen in the world, but most of it is produced from coal. By 2025, the country aims to produce 100,000 to 200,000 tonnes of hydrogen through renewables and cut carbon dioxide emissions by 1 million to 2 million tonnes per year. 

Sinopec's first green hydrogen project is located in Kuqa City, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, and 80% of the project has been completed. With the addition of the Ordos project, Sinopec is making significant strides towards its goal of promoting sustainable energy and reducing carbon emissions.

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