LG Chem to build hydrogen plant in South Korea

WCN Editorial Team 20 Jun 2022 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

LG Chem has announced its plans to construct a hydrogen plant in South Korea to generate clean fuel for use in its important petrochemical processing.

This announcement is in line with its low carbon emission goals for the long term.

The hydrogen plant will be located at its Daesan complex, about 75km southwest of Seoul.

It will have a yearly production capacity of 50,000t by Q2 2024.

Its construction will commence in the first half of 2023.

This will be LG Chem's first facility to generate pure hydrogen, aside from those produced from the current processing facilities as off-gases.

The new facility will convert methane from the naphtha cracking center (NCC) to hydrogen through a chemical reaction under high-temperature steam.

The produced hydrogen will be used as fuel for the naphtha cracking process that generates basic petrochemical feedstocks.

Used as a heat source in the NCC process, methane emits large amount of carbon dioxide.

Following the replacement of methane with hydrogen that does not generate carbon dioxide, the facility will be able to annually cut down carbon emissions by 140,000t once it becomes completely operational.

This cut down in carbon emissions is equivalent to planting one million trees.

LG Chem intends to increase the use of clean energy, such as hydrogen, in the NCC process by up to 70% by 2025.



Image: The hydrogen plant will be located at its Daesan complex, about 75km southwest of Seoul. Credit: Hands off my tags! Michael Gaida from Pixabay.

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