(U) Brazilian logistics player Prumo and local energy distribution company Neoenergia have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop studies for the production of green hydrogen and offshore wind generation in the Acu Port area of Rio de Janeiro state.
The announcement involving Prumo — a partnership between EIG Global Energy Partners and Mubadala Investment Company — and Neoenergia, which is 52.45% controlled by Spanish utility Iberdrola, was made during the Rio Oil & Gas 2022 conference.
“Neoenergia focuses on the development of a portfolio of renewable wind and photovoltaic projects, in addition to training teams and strategic partnerships for the feasibility of offshore wind generation and the development of pilot projects for green hydrogen,” said Neoenergia executive director of renewables Laura Porto.
According to Prumo executive director Hugo Nunes, the Acu Port has a privileged infrastructure for the development of an energy consumption hub that will promote both the production of green hydrogen and the necessary renewable energy for its production.
“The decarbonisation of the industry generates demand for renewable electricity at the expense of the use of fossil fuels,” he added.
The Acu Port is located in one of the best locations in Brazil for the installation of offshore wind farms.
“We already have 2.4 gigawatts of renewable energy projects under development between green hydrogen, solar and offshore wind,” said Prumo new business director Mauro Andrade.
In May, European supermajor Shell signed a similar MoU with Prumo for the joint development of a pilot plant with capacity for up to 100 megawatts to generate green hydrogen at the port’s facilities starting in 2025.