BH2C. Basque Hydrogen Corridor
Founded with the aim of creating a hydrogen ecosystem, based in the Basque Country.
What is the BH2C?
The Basque Hydrogen Corridor was founded with the aim of creating a hydrogen ecosystem, based in the Basque Country, to enable progress to be made in the decarbonisation of the energy, industrial, residential and mobility sectors, as was made clear at the official launch of the initiative on 22 February, 2021. The initiative is spearheaded by Petronor and Repsol, with the support of 12 government institutions, 13 knowledge centres and business associations and 52 companies, bringing the total to 77 organisations with full capacity to deliver the mission by taking forward and developing dozens of projects across the entire value chain.
The project is rooted in the strategic decision of Repsol to invest in the Basque Country and to continue moving forward in the energy transition, looking to deliver its goal of becoming a net zero-emissions company by 2050. In this context, Petronor is committed to turning the Basque Country into a hydrogen hub, as one of the cornerstones on which to move towards a green productive economy.
The purpose of the BH2C is to be a driver in the process of transforming the productive fabric, and to ensure the continued importance of industry in the Basque economy in each and every one of the steps that are being taken in this respect. The initiative includes and encompasses economic, social, technological and environmental factors, amongst others, with an investment of over 1.3 billion euros up to 2026, creating over 1,340 direct and 6,700 indirect jobs.
This will translate into the production of 20,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year, enabling the emission of 1.5 million tonnes of CO2 to be avoided over this period. In these first years, priority will be given to developing the means for producing green hydrogen, and the infrastructure and applications required for the deployment of a hydrogen corridor that will herald a turning point in the Basque energy transition.
Mission and objective
To create a hydrogen ecosystem in the Basque Country which, based on specific projects and actions and underpinned by a strategy of public-private collaboration, will enable progress to be made in the decarbonisation of the energy, mobility and various other industrial sectors.
A key project for the economic recovery of the region through the development of the hydrogen value chain across industry and technology.
Board of Directors
The Basque Hydrogen Corridor has 77 member organisations: 12 government institutions, 13 knowledge centres and business associations and 52 companies.
This initiative is based on a comprehensive strategy that brings together 46 projects across the whole of the value chain, with a view to leveraging the transformation of the productive fabric of the country and maintaining the importance of industry in our economy.