Sakhalin, Russia is looking at low carbon hydrogen production to help accelerate a low carbon industry.
Rusatom Overseas, Air Liquide and the Government of the Sakhalin region have joined forces to explore such opportunity, having last week (23rd April) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).
The inked agreement marks the first steps in fostering the development of a hydrogen economy targeting applications in both the domestic and overseas markets.
Governor of the Sakhalin Region Valery Limarenko has welcomed the move. In a statement, he said, “The Sakhalin Region is a unique sub-federal unit of Russia. It is located completely on islands, has rich resource potential and successfully neighbours with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region. All this creates special conditions for business development and gives advantages for the implementation of a number of investment projects.”
“Today, the Sakhalin Region is becoming a platform for an experiment to achieve carbon neutrality. We plan to launch new investment projects, which, among other things, will contribute to solving this problem. We will be glad to welcome Rusatom and Air Liquide as potential investors if they decide to implement this project on the island.
“The Government of the Sakhalin Region is doing a lot to improve the business climate in the region. We have minimised administrative barriers: we have reduced the time for issuing building permits, registering enterprises, registering real estate objects. The signed memorandum confirms our readiness for close and mutually beneficial cooperation.”
Marilene Turcotte, General Director of Air Liquide in Russia, added, “We are delighted to explore this energy transition opportunity in cooperation with Rusatom Overseas and the Sakhalin region. This cooperation for decarbonised growth contributes to the objectives of the Sakhalin region to reach carbon neutrality by 2025.”
“This is a first step, and we are ready to contribute to an efficient and sustainable industry through Air Liquide’s unique technological know-how and innovative solutions to support the energy transition ambition of the Russian Federation”.