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30 May 2024 | News

Vattenfall applies for planning permission for hydrogen production in Jokkmokk, Sweden

Vattenfall has submitted an application for planning permission to the municipality of Jokkmokk to investigate the possibilities for a hydrogen plant and hydrogen storage in Porsi. The application for planning permission is an administrative measure at an early stage. The site is one of several possible sites that Vattenfall is investigating for the production of fossil-free hydrogen.

Vattenfall applies for planning permission for hydrogen production in Jokkmokk, Sweden

Fossil-free hydrogen will play an important role in the energy system of the future and the transition to a fossil-free industry. Vattenfall sees opportunities to contribute to industry's increasing need for fossil-free electricity and hydrogen in Norrbotten.

- At an early stage, Vattenfall wants to review various options for hydrogen production and hydrogen storage. "Jokkmokk is an interesting alternative, partly because of its favourable location in Porsi near the Lule River, since hydrogen production needs good access to water and electricity. Industry in Norrbotten is demanding large volumes of hydrogen for its transition and we are now investigating the conditions for contributing to the development," says Mikael Nordlander, Development Manager for Vattenfall's Industrial Partnerships.

The municipality of Jokkmokk has initially taken a favourable view of Vattenfall's application for planning permission. Dialogues are ongoing with several municipalities and other stakeholders in Norrbotten.

- "The municipality of Jokkmokk looks forward to working with Vattenfall to investigate the conditions for an important future energy sector that will strengthen both Vattenfall and the municipality of Jokkmokk's role as the obvious energy centre in the same area," says Roland Boman, Chairman of the Municipal Executive Board of Jokkmokk.

The growing demand for hydrogen is driving an increased need for fossil-free electricity. In the near term, onshore wind power is the power source that can help meet the growing need. In the longer term, offshore wind and nuclear power can also contribute.