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NEOM Green Hydrogen Company receives first wind turbine delivery for project

  • Initial delivery of wind turbines to power the world’s largest green hydrogen plant received at the Port of NEOM located in Oxagon

  • More wind turbines will arrive before the end of the year, with 250 in total to be installed to power the facility

NEOM, Saudi Arabia, November 7 2023: NEOM Green Hydrogen Company (NGHC), the organization responsible for constructing the world's largest green hydrogen plant, recently received its initial delivery of wind turbines at the Port of NEOM in northwest Saudi Arabia.

This significant milestone in the mega project's development saw the first set of wind turbines successfully delivered on October 8. They are currently being transported by road to the Wind Garden site near the Gulf of Aqaba, where they will be assembled and installed. More turbines are expected to be delivered by the end of the year, ultimately comprising over 250 units that will directly power the green hydrogen plant through a dedicated electricity transmission grid.

NGHC's facility, located in Oxagon, NEOM's reimagined industrial city, will integrate up to 4 gigawatts of solar and wind energy to produce as much as 600 tonnes of carbon-free hydrogen daily. Upon full operational readiness in 2026, 100% of the green hydrogen produced will be available for global export in the form of green ammonia, through an exclusive long-term agreement with Air Products.

David R. Edmondson, CEO of NGHC, expressed, "This is the first of a series of major equipment deliveries arriving over the next year. We continue to make great progress since achieving financial close earlier this year and are on track to start exporting green hydrogen in 2026. It is a major milestone in NGHC's journey to becoming a leader in green hydrogen and a major step forward in Saudi Arabia and the wider region's energy transition."

Wolfgang Brand, Vice President of NEOM Green Hydrogen Project at Air Products, added, "Our teams and contractors are fully deployed on-ground, and with a series of equipment deliveries continuing in the coming months, the sites are really starting to take shape."

Vishal Wanchoo, CEO of Oxagon, emphasized the significance of this development for the region, saying, "The arrival of the first major equipment for NGHC is a watershed moment for Oxagon as we build an advanced and clean industrial ecosystem."

NGHC plays a crucial role in the renewable energy manufacturing ecosystem being established in Oxagon. The port is expanding its capabilities to handle the rising cargo volumes, facilitating the seamless import and export of materials and serving as an economic catalyst for the region.

Envision Energy is responsible for manufacturing the wind turbines for the NGHC facility as a supplier to Air Products, NGHC's EPC contractor. NGHC is a joint venture among ACWA Power, Air Products, and NEOM, working towards establishing the world's largest green-hydrogen-based ammonia production plant powered by renewable energy.

In May 2023, NGHC achieved full financial close at a total investment value of USD 8.4 billion, including USD 6.1 billion in non-recourse financing from 23 local, regional, and international banks and financial institutions. EPC agreements with Air Products, valued at USD 6.7 billion, were concluded earlier this year. NGHC also secured an exclusive 30-year off-take agreement with Air Products for all the green ammonia produced at the facility, unlocking the economic potential of renewable energy across the entire value chain.

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