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English Español ORLEN to build first hydrogen refuelling stations on Czech market

The Czech energy company plans 5 stations and a hydrogen hub in Włocławek.

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Construction of hydrogen refuelling points is due to begin at two Benzina stations in the Czech Republic (in Prague and Litvínov) by the end of this year. The sites will be active by 2021.

The Czech also plans to open more hydrogen stations – in Brno, Plzeň and Prague, along the D10 motorway. These projects will support the ORLEN Group’s commitment to achieve emission neutrality by 2050.

“Hydrogen-powered vehicles are the future of the automotive industry, given short refuelling times and the technically undemanding methods of its storage and transport. We are now holding advanced talks with the local authorities of Prague, the Central Bohemian Region and the Ústecký Region on its use as a fuel in Czech public transport. We are also in regular contact with hydrogen-powered car makers, which in the future may lead to formal business links and exciting projects,” says Tomasz Wiatrak, President of the Management Board of UNIPETROL, the ORLEN Group’s Czech subsidiary.

The hydrogen supplied is produced during crude oil processing at UNIPETROL’s refineries in Litvínov and Kralupy nad Vltavou. Construction of the refuelling stations has been contracted by UNIPETROL to the Bonett Group, the largest vendor of alternative fuel infrastructure in Central Europe and the second largest supplier of CNG in the Czech Republic.

ORLEN has also commenced a process to select the contractor to build a hydrogen hub in Włocławek, designed to ultimately produce up to 600 kg of purified hydrogen per hour.

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