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Fertiberia and Cepsa sign a strategic alliance to promote the production of green hydrogen and decarbonise industry in Huelva.

This is the largest agreement signed to date, as they are the main producers and consumers of hydrogen in Spain, accounting for more than a third of national consumption.

  • Both companies will be promoting the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley in Huelva to jointly optimise their decarbonisation plans, including the production of green hydrogen and other renewable gases.
  • They will develop a pioneering hydrogen ring to ensure the supply of the new renewable energy vector to the entire industrial base of the area and favouring synergies between their plants.
  • The agreement reached will also study the possible production of renewable fuels (green methanol and ammonia), both in Huelva and in other provinces of the Iberian Peninsula.

Cepsa and Fertiberia, two of the companies that currently consume the most hydrogen in Spain, have reached an agreement to decarbonise their production processes through the joint development of a large-scale renewable hydrogen plant in Huelva using green energy and other renewable gases. The companies will also implement additional industrial synergies between their assets in Huelva.

With this union, Cepsa and Fertiberia become strategic partners in the project to develop 1 GW electrolysis capacity in Palos de la Frontera, within the framework of the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley.

This valley will have a capacity of 2 GW – 1 GW in Campo de Gibraltar (Cadiz) and another in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) – and a production of up to 300,000 tonnes, in Cepsa’s Energy Parks.

The agreement reached will allow optimisation of the hydrogen and biogenic CO2 needs of the facilities of both companies in the industrial base of Palos de la Frontera (Huelva). The production of green hydrogen will begin in 2026, and it will be used for Cepsa’s and Fertiberia’s own industrial consumption, enabling the manufacture of advanced biofuels, as well as ammonia, AdBlue and sustainable fertilisers.

Cepsa’s La Rábida Energy Park and Fertiberia’s facilities in Palos de la Frontera occupy adjacent spaces. Therefore, this alliance will also help to capture all the industrial and operational synergies that currently exist between the two complexes, with the joint objective of maximising the degree of efficiency in their management.

The alliance will enable the development of a hydrogen and oxygen ring in Huelva. The construction of this infrastructure will become a pioneering engineering project to connect hydrogen producers with consumers, in order to ensure a more sustainable, efficient and competitive energy, taking advantage of the synergies between all the nearby industries and guaranteeing their security of supply.

During the signing of this agreement, Maarten Wetselaar, CEO of Cepsa, highlighted: “We have added a new strategic partner to the Andalusian Green Hydrogen Valley to continue promoting the decarbonisation of Huelva’s industry and make it a benchmark for sustainability in Europe. This agreement with Fertiberia is a major step forward in our commitment to green hydrogen as a key energy vector to decarbonise our own activity and that of our customers“.

According to Javier Goñi, CEO of Grupo Fertiberia, “The union with Cepsa is very relevant, given that it implies collaboration between two companies with the longest industrial tradition in the province of Huelva, and which represent almost all of the current hydrogen consumption in Andalusia. This alliance will foster the competitiveness of green hydrogen production in Huelva and will be a source of opportunities for multiple companies that will participate in the value chain. In addition, it will reinforce the full decarbonisation of our assets and our positioning as a leader in green ammonia and sustainable fertilisers.”

The Hydrogen Roadmap established by the Spanish Government sets a target of 25% of hydrogen consumption in industry, both as a raw material and as an energy source, to be renewable by 2030. Through this agreement, Cepsa and Fertiberia will decarbonise their consumption by using green hydrogen, jointly achieving the target set for the whole of Spain by the end of this decade.

The agreement reached by both companies will also study the possible production of renewable fuels (green methanol and ammonia), both in Huelva and in other provinces of the Iberian Peninsula.

This new alliance is part of Cepsa’s 2030 strategy, Positive Motion, through which the company is transforming itself to become a benchmark in energy transition, leading sustainable mobility in Spain and Portugal, as well as the production of renewable hydrogen and advanced biofuels. Cepsa will promote the decarbonisation of its customers, as well as its own activity, reaching net zero emissions by 2050.

In the case of Fertiberia, this alliance is a new milestone in its strategy to accelerate its growth process in the production of green ammonia, which will allow it to lead this market in the next decade in the European Union and will make it the first company in the world in its sector to achieve carbon neutrality by 2035. Fertiberia already markets the Impact Zero product line, which facilitates the decarbonisation of food and beverage production, promoting fully sustainable agriculture in Europe.

The alliance between Cepsa and Fertiberia contributes to a number of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the 2030 Agenda: SDG 7 (Affordable and clean energy), SDG 8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG 12 (Responsible production and consumption) and SDG 13 (Climate action).

More about Cepsa

Cepsa is a leading international company committed to sustainable mobility and energy with a solid technical experience after more than 90 years of activity. The company also has a world-leading chemicals business that is increasingly sustainable.

Cepsa has presented in 2022 its new strategic plan for 2030 , Positive Motion, which projects its ambition to be a leader in sustainable mobility, biofuels and green hydrogen in Spain and Portugal, and to become a benchmark in energy transition. The company places customers at the heart of its business and will work with them to help them advance towards their decarbonisation goals.

ESG criteria inspire all of Cepsa's actions to advance towards its net positive target. Over the course of this decade it will reduce its Scope 1 and 2 CO2 emissions by 55% and its carbon intensity index by 15-20%, with the aim of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.

Cepsa – Communication Department

More about Fertiberia

Fertiberia is a leader in the plant nutrition sector in Europe and also produces environmental solutions for industry and other sectors.

The company has 14 production centres throughout the Iberian Peninsula and France.

Fertiberia's vision is to lead the green hydrogen value chain of the future in Europe to decarbonise agriculture and other sectors such as industry and transport, as well as to continue leading the development of sustainable, high added value solutions for crop nutrition.

It is also the first company in its sector to commit to achieving zero net emissions by 2035.

The company belongs to Triton Partners, which is driving its growth to make this Spanish company leader in the fertilisation of the future, allowing farmers to obtain higher yields with the highest level of environmental sustainability.

Fertiberia – Communication Department

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