PETRONAS, ENEOS sign joint feasibility study agreement

PETRONAS Hydrogen Sdn. Bhd. (PH2SB) and ENEOS Corporation (ENEOS) have signed a Joint Feasibility Study Agreement (JFSA) to advance the studies for commercial hydrogen production and conversion project in Kerteh, Terengganu.

Under the JFSA, both parties will pursue detailed technical and commercial feasibility studies for the production of low carbon hydrogen from PETRONAS’ existing facilities, production of green hydrogen from a new hydro-powered electrolyser facility, and hydrogen conversion into methylcyclohexane (MCH). The agreement is part of the long-term Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last August for the development of a clean hydrogen supply chain between Malaysia and Japan.

The facilities are projected to have a total hydrogen production and conversion capacity of up to 50,000 tonnes per annum (50KTPA) by 2027 for export in MCH form to Japan, where the clean hydrogen will be distributed to Japanese industries through ENEOS’ refineries. Once onstream, the project could potentially be the first commercial-scale hydrogen-to-MCH undertaking in the world. Its Final Investment Decision is expected by the end of 2023.

Through ENEOS, this hydrogen-to-MCH project has been selected as one of the Green Innovation Fund projects by the Japanese Government, a testament to the project’s viability and competitiveness which is a critical aspect in the development of the nascent clean hydrogen supply chain. The two trillion Japanese Yen funding was introduced to support green research and development projects as well as facility developments to propel Japan’s ambitious decarbonisation plans, which include achieving the three million tonnes per annum clean hydrogen demand target by 2030.

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