ORLEN Group will start to open hydrogen refuelling stations in Czech Republic. Two Benzina stations will be located in Prague and Litvínov and fully operational in 2021. Next stations in Brno, Plzen and Prague, along the D10 motorway will follow. These projects will support the ORLEN Group’s commitment to achieve emission neutrality by 2050.
“Energy transition is a necessity, and our ambition is to spearhead the process both in Poland and Central Europe. We are also looking to leverage the related challenges, including the global trend towards new mobility, as business opportunities. In the coming years, we will invest more than PLN 25bn in projects designed to mitigate environmental impacts, opening us up to new business models.” says Daniel Obajtek, President of the PKN ORLEN Management Board.
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. The Group operates on the Czech, Polish and Slovak markets, where it focuses on building, operating and delivering alternative fuel filling stations.
“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.
We are waiting for Polish hydrogen stations that should be available in 2021!