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Blue Hydrogen Leaders – Q2 2022

  • The total pipeline capacity for blue hydrogen is now 8 mtpa, representing over 10% of the total low carbon hydrogen upcoming capacity. Air Products, Exxon Mobil, Shell, Nutrien and Equinor are the leading companies proposing to develop the most capacity
  • With Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) as key technology for blue hydrogen projects, main companies such as Energean, Exxon Mobil, Air Products, Shell, and Equinor are leaders in capturing CO2 when producing blue hydrogen
  • As energy companies take steps to benefit from a hydrogen economy, many EPC contractors are aiming to increase their presence in this space. The leading EPC companies for blue projects are Air Products, Worley, TechnipFMC, CBI, and Mitsubishi

The hydrogen economy is a key growth area, and many companies are joining in to capitalize on this future vision and become market leaders throughout the whole hydrogen value chain. The adoption of blue hydrogen, wherein carbon is captured, can help oil and gas downstream companies to reduce their carbon footprint.

The oil and gas industry is better suited to switch to blue hydrogen than green hydrogen, due to its inherent dependence on hydrocarbons. Also building at scale for blue hydrogen production would be cheaper for the oil and gas industries providing a smoother transition into decarbonizing their operations.

Thanks to high investments from companies to develop shift to blue hydrogen projects, the momentum that has been built along the entire value chain is accelerating the cost reduction in hydrogen production, transmission, distribution, retail, and end-applications.

Many prominent O&G companies have opted for investing in the prospective blue hydrogen projects and other aspects of the hydrogen economy, as fuel cells and refueling stations, to decarbonize their business portfolios. Last year partnerships and deals between companies across different sectors almost three-fold compared to 2020 levels, enabling companies to participate in multiple projects, going from pilot to large scale projects.

Currently blue hydrogen projects accounts for over 130 million tons of CCS capacity, led by North America and Africa regions due to the low cost of natural gas and having oil refining, chemicals, industry, and transportations as main demand sectors .

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