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HIF Global announces Uruguayan eFuels project

HIF Global announces Uruguayan eFuels project
HIF Paysandú will be HIF Global's first eFuels facility in Uruguay (photo courtesy HIF Global).

US-headed Highly Innovative Fuels Global LLC (HIF Global), a holding company of internationally active project developers of electro-fuel (eFuel) production facilities, has announced its expansion to Uruguay, where it will commence development of an approximately US$4 billion eFuels project in the city of Paysandú.

The announcement follows a declaration on June 8, 2023, by the President of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle of HIF Global as the winner of the tender process conducted by the state-owned Ancap group company ALUR to negotiate the purchase of 150,000 tonnes per year of biogenic carbon dioxide (CO2), approximately 20 percent of the total CO2 required for the planned eFuels facility.

This is our first step to initiate projects in Uruguay and continue our global fight against climate change. Our focus now will be on the permitting and engineering of the HIF Paysandú eFuels facility, the first plant of its kind in the country. We will use the CO2 supplied by ALUR to unlock additional renewable energy production in Uruguay and convert it into carbon-neutral eFuels, creating a new industry and contributing to the decarbonization of the transportation sector, said Cesar Norton, President and CEO of HIF Global.

Produce e-gasoline

The HIF Paysandú eFuels facility is expected to produce over 256 million liters per year of e-gasoline by combining 100,000 tonnes of green hydrogen produced at the facility and 710,000 tonnes of captured CO2.

HIF estimates the facility will require 1 GW of electrolyzer capacity, 2 GW of renewable electricity, 1,500 jobs during construction, and 300 permanent jobs during operations.

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