Green hydrogen plant planned

Maasvlakte 2 A green hydrogen plant is planned for the Port of Rotterdam's Maasvlakte 2 site. Photo: Port of Rotterdam

The hydrogen economy is gathering momentum with plans to take a green hydrogen plant into operation as early as 2023.

Shell's plant will be constructed at the Port of Rotterdam's Maasvlakte 2 site. From here, the produced hydrogen will be transported via a pipeline to Shell’s refinery in Pernis. Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority plan to jointly construct and operate the hydrogen pipeline, which will be hooked up to the national hydrogen network developed by Gasunie.

The green hydrogen plant and the pipeline are part of a series of projects associated with the production, import, use and transfer of hydrogen in which the port authority is working together with a variety of partners.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said: "We are currently expediting our plans to construct a public hydrogen network in the port area. The work on this backbone for Rotterdam’s industrial sector will be rounded off concurrently with Shell’s electrolyser. A main transport network like this can be used to connect producers and users. This in turn helps to create a market and boosts the production and consumption of hydrogen.

"Besides accommodating production, in the longer term Rotterdam will also play a crucial part in the import of hydrogen thanks to the realisation of multiple hydrogen terminals."

A final decision on construction of the hydrogen pipeline is expected in the first half of 2021.

Northwest Europe consumes far more power than can be generated locally from renewable sources. Consequently, it is required to import hydrogen on a large scale. The Netherlands' government has asked the Port of Rotterdam Authority  to map out the various options to import hydrogen from abroad.

In January, it was announced that the Port of Oostende, DEME Concessions and PMV aim to build a green hydrogen plant at the Belgian port, to be operational by 2025.

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