Netherlands to develop largest offshore hydrogen project

The Dutch government is preparing to develop the world’s largest offshore hydrogen production project. 

The project, which is said to mark the first application of offshore hydrogen production on a large scale, is planned to be operational around 2031.

The green hydrogen project will be the first that connects to Gasunie’s offshore hydrogen transport network, planned to be built to bring large quantities of hydrogen ashore and to connect to the onshore hydrogen network.

The designated site for development is The North of the Wadden Islands, which is scheduled to provide 500 MW of electrolysis capacity and for the transport of hydrogen to land. 

The area an existing natural gas pipeline in its proximity could be reused for green hydrogen transport to land, and can be connected to the onshore hydrogen network.

Before any tenders are issued, the Ministry for Climate and Energy Policy will first work with the Groningen region, stakeholders in the Wadden Sea region and other stakeholders on matters such as the landfall of the pipeline to bring the hydrogen from the offshore wind farm ashore and environmental aspects of the project.

“We have already designated the area as a preferred location so that preparations can start quickly and we provide the sector with clarity so that they can make their investment plans. I am also very happy with the support we receive from local authorities. The province and the municipalities are fully committed to a green economy in which the production of sustainable energy is central”, said Rob Jetten, the Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Policy.