MOSCOW (MRC) -- TotalEnergies and German gas distributor VNG have signed an agreement for the supply of green hydrogen to TotalEnergies’ Leuna refinery in Germany’s Saxon-Anhalt state, said the company.
Under the agreement, the hydrogen will be produced from renewable electricity with a 30 MW electrolyzer in Bad Lauchstadt, near Leuna, that will be built and operated by VNG and German power generation company Uniper.
The green hydrogen is expected to contribute to the refinery’s decarbonisition, reducing its annual carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by up to 80,000 tonnes by 2030. Furthermore, a pipeline connection to Bad Lauchstadt would give the refinery access to the future European hydrogen infrastructure and international markets for green hydrogen, officials said.
A final investment decision (FID) on the EUR210m Bad Lauchstadt electrolyzer project has been reached and groundbreaking took place on Wednesday. From Q3 2025, the pipeline is scheduled to transport green hydrogen from the Bad Lauchstadt for use at the refinery, officials said.
For the refinery, the supply agreement with VNG is “a first step that will enable us to purchase green hydrogen in large quantities in the future and to produce low carbon footprint products such as renewable fuels of non-biological origin, or e-fuels,” said Thomas Behrends, the refinery’s general manager.
TotalEnergies added that it focuses on decarbonising the hydrogen used in its European refineries, reducing CO2 emissions by 3m tonnes/year by 2030.
We remind, TotalEnergies confirms its commitment to the energy transition in Kazakhstan with the signature of a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Mirny project. This will be the first PPA signed in the country for a wind project of such scale. Located in the Zhambyl region, the project aims to build a 1 GW onshore wind farm combined with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system for a reliable power supply.