The upscaling of hydrogen production to a capacity of 100 MW is new. Not only for the suppliers of the technical installations and for ENGIE as the buyer of the electrolyzer, but also for the government, who has to assess the necessary permit application. For this reason, ENGIE first submitted a draft application for a licence to the environmental department in October 2021. With a positive outcome, the formal application for a licence under the Environmental Permitting (General Provisions) Act and the Water Act has been submitted end of February 2022.
The formal procedure takes place via the extensive procedure, with a decision to be expected in a maximum of 6 months.