FertigHy selects Northern France for first lowcarbon fertiliser plant

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 5/13/2024, Location: Europe

• New industrial-scale plant will produce 500,000 metric tons of low-carbon, nitrogen-based fertiliser annually from 2030, which corresponds to around 15% of France’s agricultural sector’s consumption.
• Plant will require an estimated €1.3 billion in investment, creating around 250 direct jobs in the region.
• FertigHy will receive support from the French government as announced at the Choose France Summit.

FertigHy, a pan-European producer of low carbon, nitrogen-based fertiliser for the agricultural sector, will build its first factory in the Hauts-de-France region in Northern France. The €1.3 billion CAPEX investment build is expected to be in operation by 2030 and will produce lowcarbon fertilisers. The production process will use renewable and low carbon electricity to produce hydrogen, a substitute to imported natural gas. FertigHy will receive support from the French government to kickstart operations. The announcement was made today at the Choose France Summit, hosted by Emmanuel Macron, President of France.

The agriculture sector alone is responsible for more than 10% of the European Union’s total greenhouse gas emissions 1 , with European farmers using over 11 million tonnes of nitrogen fertilisers each year. The European Commission has identified the energy-intensive sector as key for decarbonisation, supporting the transition to low-carbon, affordable alternatives which are produced locally.

Backed by its founding investors EIT InnoEnergy, RIC Energy, MAIRE, Siemens Financial Services, InVivo, and HEINEKEN, FertigHy plans to build, own and operate several large-scale fertiliser factories across Europe producing cost-competitive, low-carbon fertilisers for European farmers - starting in France.

José Antonio de las Heras, CEO of FertigHy, said: “A long-standing agricultural base and strong governmental support were principle triggers for FertigHy to choose Northern France to develop its first fertiliser manufacturing plant. Running on renewable and low-carbon electricity, this plant is a decisive step towards the production of European-made fertilisers and the reduction of import dependencies. FertigHy will therefore contribute to the decarbonisation of French agriculture, where fertilisers production and use currently account for 30% of the sector's total greenhouse gas emissions”


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