Rotterdam to seek hydrogen hub status

In what could prove to be one of the most significant developments for emerging hydrogen risks in Europe, the Port of Rotterdam Authority plans to develop a 1GW green hydrogen facility.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority will develop the hydrogen plant with a capacity of up to 1GW at a facility in Maasvlakte.

The Port Authority is also considering connecting the Maasvlakte hydrogen plants to regional heat networks, allowing the use of green heat to houses and offices and making it a strategic location of green hydrogen production.

The site offers space for up to 1 GW of electrolysis and is located next to a site where Tennet’s Amaliahaven (380 kV) high-voltage substation will be built. This is the destination of a new cable from the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone Beta and a new hydrogen pipeline. 

Allard Castelein, Port of Rotterdam Authority CEO, said, “The construction of a hydrogen plant with a capacity of 1GW is the next leap in scale in the production of green hydrogen.

“Several companies are now building, or have advanced plans to build, electrolysers with a capacity of 200 to 250MW at the Maasvlakte. These would currently be the largest in Europe, but we already want to accommodate the next generation of hydrogen plants. These are expected to be five times larger.”

The move represents a further boost to Holland’s emerging green energy credentials. Last year, BP submitted bids for two individual offshore wind leases in the Netherlands – HKW sites VI and VII –  which could see it significantly boost its standing as a producer of sustainable aviation fuel.

The bid could see the production of 50,000 tonnes a year of green hydrogen to meet BP’s Rotterdam refinery demand and support 10,000 barrels a day production of sustainable aviation fuel, it said.

Success in the bids will enable a series of additional integrated clean energy investments in the Netherlands of up to EUR2 billion in line with the company’s strategy – including integrating offshore wind with electrification of industry and mobility and green hydrogen production, supporting decarbonisation of refining, aviation and transportation.

BP said the bids for Site VI will be evaluated on eco-innovation criteria, where it proposes creating innovative solutions to enhance the Dutch North Sea ecosystem.