The hydrogen pipeline for the Port of Rotterdam

22.07.21

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Gasunie are working together on a new hydrogen pipeline that forms the backbone of the hydrogen infrastructure in Europe’s largest port. The plans are in the final phase before construction starts. This main transport pipe should be up and running in the second quarter of 2024. Companies that want to use or produce hydrogen can connect to this open access hydrogen pipeline. The name of the project is HyTransPort.RTM. Gasunie and the Port Authority will finalise the decisions concerning the implementation of the project in the second half of this year. 

The Port of Rotterdam will become the European hydrogen hub 

The construction of the hydrogen pipeline in the HyTransPort.RTM project is an important step in the realisation of Rotterdam as a European hydrogen hub. The pipeline will be constructed between the Maasvlakte and Pernis and will have a diameter of 60 centimetres (24 inches). It is an open access pipeline, which means that access to the pipeline will be available to any companies that want to purchase or supply hydrogen. In the future, the pipeline will connect to the national hydrogen network that is being realised by Gasunie and there will be a connection to Chemelot in Limburg, North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany and other European regions. 
Hydrogen is of great importance to the Port Authority and Gasunie for achieving the climate targets, strengthening the Dutch economy and for energy security. This was a motivating factor for both parties to join the Hydrogen Coalition. 

Invitation to interested companies 

Shell has already expressed enthusiasm as a potential user of the hydrogen pipeline and is engaged in talks with Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority about the preconditions and specifications for using the pipeline. Shell also sees hydrogen as one of the key pillars of energy transition, and is developing plans to construct an electrolyser on Maasvlakte 2 for the production of hydrogen. The Port of Rotterdam Authority and Gasunie are also holding exploratory talks with other parties. Companies that have not yet made contact, but are interested in using the transport pipeline, can contact Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority. They can discuss their desired technical specifications for the hydrogen pipeline. Companies that want to participate as a launching customer can report to the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Gasunie by 9 April at the latest . 

Hydrogen is the energy carrier of the 21st century 

 HyTransPort.RTM offers the possibility to transport hydrogen between companies in the Rotterdam port area by pipeline, which is an important condition for a sustainable economy and port. In the future, it will also be possible to transport hydrogen to other destinations in the rest of the Netherlands, such as the hydrogen storage facility in the Northern Netherlands and Northwest Europe. HyTransPort.RTM ties in seamlessly with the hydrogen vision of the Dutch cabinet.  

In the coming six months, a team from the Port of Rotterdam Authority and Gasunie will work on the elaboration of the business case, customer contracts, technical aspects and permits for the new hydrogen pipeline. In the second half of this year, the parties will finalise the decision for the implementation of HyTransPort.RTM. Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam Authority both intend to invest in the hydrogen pipeline. Discussions about contributions from various authorities are also underway. 

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