Kuwait’s Q8 to build 1st hydrogen refueling station in Rome

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Q8's hydrogen refueling station in Rome
Officials during ceremony | Courtesy: KUNA

Kuwait Petroleum International (Q8) has started the foundation of the first hydrogen refueling station in the Italian capital Rome.

The company said in a statement that it would “launch the first station to supply hydrogen in Rome in collaboration with the specialized Maire Group.”

The refueling station will have the capacity to supply up to about 700 kg of hydrogen per day for light and heavy vehicles, for both public and private transport. The circular hydrogen service station will ensure a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than 75 percent compared to the use of conventional diesel.

This project was developed in cooperation with the Italian government within the framework of its national plan for economic recovery and resilience aimed at developing a sustainable mobility network by supporting renewable energy and hydrogen projects.

The company stated that it would be funded equally by the partners and the European Union’s Fund for Future Generations.

Eng. Shafi Al-Ajmi, CEO of Kuwait Petroleum International, noted that, “Italy is considered the most important European market for the company due to the volume of its operations there: over 2,800, fueling stations in addition to the Naples Depot and the Milazzo refinery. We will continue to implement KPC’s approach to the energy transition for the year 2050, by supporting the global movement to reduce harmful gas emissions in all of our global operations.”

For his part, Executive Director of Q8 Italy Eng. Fadhel Al-Faraj commented that, “Q8-Italy seeks to transform from a conventional fuel provider into a diversified energy company, within the framework of its energy transformation strategy.”

“We welcome all sustainable products as they help us achieve our first goal, which is to respond to the needs of our customers, thus preserving our market share. Our second goal is to establish a sustainable supply network for future vehicles in Italy,” Eng. Al-Faraj added.

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