EDP has initiated the environmental processing of the project with which it plans to transform the Los Barrios power plant, in the green hydrogen valley of Campo de Gibraltar. Specifically, the energy company has submitted the documentation to develop 130 MW of electrolysers at the thermal site, representing an investment of 195 million euros.
The process will be carried out following the guidelines of the Accelerator Unit of the Andalusian Regional Government. In a press release, EDP recalls that the initiative for Los Barrios is considered strategic by the European Commission, as it is considered an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI).
It has also been proposed for the granting of aid by the IDEA (Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving). The documentation submitted for this environmental procedure includes two main phases. The first phase has a total electrolyser capacity of 130 MW and is expected to be commissioned in the first months of 2026.
The second phase of the project, if market conditions are favourable, will have a further 400 MW of electrolyser capacity and will be commissioned by the end of 2030.
The purpose of EDP's project for Los Barrios is the production of green hydrogen, whose electricity supply will come from renewable energy generation plants (onshore wind and solar).
Green hydrogen, produced by electrolysis from water molecules and electricity from renewable sources, is presented as a key energy vector for the decarbonisation of sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as the iron and steel industry and other industrial and transport sectors, and as a clean raw material for the manufacture of fertilisers, for example.