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PKN Orlen teams up with Alstom to introduce hydrogen trains in Poland

Polish oil refiner and petrol retailer, PKN Orlen has signed an agreement on strategic cooperation with major rail company Alstom. Under the agreement, PKN Orlen will provide refuelling infrastructure for Alstom’s zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell trains which can be operational on regional lines within two years.

In the framework of its hydrogen strategy, PKN Orlen decided to allocate approximately 7.5 billion Polish zloty (1.6 billion euros) to projects ensuring nearly half of the hydrogen produced by the ORLEN Group will be low- and zero-carbon, which will reduce the company’s CO2 emissions by 1.6 million tonnes.

“This cooperation with Alstom is another important step that will strengthen our position as a regional leader in hydrogen technologies,” said Daniel Obajtek, President of the Management Board of PKN Orlen.

Under the new strategic cooperation agreement, Alstom will supply zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell trains, while PKN Orlen will be responsible for the distribution, storage and delivery of hydrogen fuel for these trains.

“We are consistently developing alternative energy sources, including hydrogen, which is the fuel of the future that will drive the energy transformation in the long term,” underlined Józef Węgrecki, member of the PKN Orlen Management Board for Operations.

“Establishing cooperation with Alstom will help us to implement pilot hydrogen projects in public rail transport and will strengthen our position in Poland and the entire Central European region,” Mr Węgrecki concluded.

Alstom is a pioneer in developing hydrogen technologies for rail transport. In 2018, Alstom was the first manufacturer in the world to put the Coradia iLint hydrogen train into commercial use.

“Cooperation with PKN Orlen will allow us to implement more effectively our ambition of becoming a technological leader in rail transport, as well as the ambition of Poland as one of the key countries where hydrogen technologies are developed and implemented,” said Artur Fryczkowski, Vice President and Director of Sales and Business Development at Alstom in Poland, Ukraine and the Baltic States.

He highlighted that the deployment of hydrogen technology on railways will translate to increased zero-emission traffic, less pollution and lower CO2 emissions.

Alstom’s Coradia iLint, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell passenger train, made its debut in Poland last year. Poland’s National Recovery Plan includes provisions for the introduction of 30 low-emission trains for Polish regional operators by 2026.

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