Three Chinese electrolyser manufacturers secured a combined 65MW of orders in January from projects in Oman, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.

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Solar module giant Longi has reportedly won its bid to supply state-owned construction firm PowerChina with 20MW of electrolysers for installation at ACWA Power’s pilot green ammonia project in Uzbekistan.

The plant is set to be commissioned by the end of this year in order to produce 3,000 tonnes of renewable H2 for an existing ammonia facility in Chirchiq, around 32km from the capital city of Tashkent.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development recently notified it was considering a $58.2m loan with preferential terms for the pilot, which is expected to cost $95.4m in total.

ACWA Power had also floated plans for a larger 500,000-tonnes-a-year green NH3 complex in the country.

A second Chinese solar equipment manufacturer, Shuangliang Eco-Energy System, had also last month received a 20MW electrolyser order from obscure Omani company United Solar Polysilicon, as part of a wider contract to supply a polysilicon plant in the Sohar Free Zone.

Meanwhile, wind turbine supplier Mingyang — which expanded into making electrolysers in 2022 — announced at the end of last week that it would partner with Thai liquefied natural gas distributor IBCLNG on a 25MW electrolyser project, the first green hydrogen facility in Thailand.

IBCLNG plans to supply H2 from this project to the domestic steel industry.

Deputy managing director Charernsook Siriyong cited Europe’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism as adding to the pressure for steel companies to invest in reducing emissions in an interview with Chinese state-owned news agency Xinhua.

“Failing to do so, it could increase future export costs and result in losing the first-mover advantage in the market,” he said.