On 20 April, 2021 in Hanoi, the GIZ Energy Support Programme (ESP) has been received by the representatives led by Dr. Le Xuan Huyen – Vice President of the Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (Petrovietnam or PVN).
PVN is a state-owned corporation engaged in the energy sector. During its 40 years of development, PVN has been growing into a fully integrated business model, ranging from exploration – production, refinery – petrochemical, gas industry, gas to power/fertilizer and petroleum technical services. As one of the top 8 leading state-owned corporations, the group has a key role in accelerating the national economic growth.
During the meeting, the host leader expressed PVN’s target in making the PVN projects cleaner with low CO2 emission and thus promoting the development of renewable hydrogen besides its conventional business sector. In the downstream sector of PVN, at the moment, for sustainable development and making full use of available infrastructure, renewable hydrogen has been introduced to refineries and petrochemical plants on the basis of their advantages and conditions. To name a few examples: Dung Quat Refinery, Nghi Son Refinery and Petrochemical Complex, and Phu My Fertilizer Plant, renewable hydrogen can be obtained by water electrolysis using wind and/or solar energy; In the Ca Mau Fertilizer Plant, biomass can be considered as the potential feedstock for hydrogen production using gasification technology.
Hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. Germany has set out to become a global leader in the associated hydrogen technologies, and the government has penned in April 2021 a National Hydrogen Strategy to fulfil these ambitions.
As a resource of experience on renewable energy projects, GIZ Energy Support Programme showed its willing to work with PVN to build up partnership and specialized know-how needed for hydrogen future projects.
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