Dutch ports collaborate on hydrogen production

The Port of Den Helder, Groningen Seaports and the Port of Amsterdam have joined forces on the Hydroports project to support the transition to a hydrogen economy.

The scope of the project will include the development of a blue hydrogen production facility in Den Helder

According to the port’s MD, Jacoba Bolderheij, ‘Our port offers a unique location for a central blue hydrogen plant, thanks to the proximity of the gas fields under the North Sea and the presence of Western Europe’s largest gas processing station.

‘The gas infrastructure present in Den Helder together with the activity, knowledge and skills in that field can be used to speed up the supply of carbon-free hydrogen to industry elsewhere in the Netherlands. For this reason, this project also occupies an important position in the Regional Deal for Noord-Holland North which has recently been awarded by the Dutch government.

He continued: ‘Businesses in Groningen, Amsterdam and elsewhere in the Netherlands can also benefit from a blue hydrogen plant by allowing them to speed up their innovation towards more sustainable production without having to invest in carbon capture at their own location.’

Research by H2Gateway, a consortium of businesses and public bodies, has confirmed that the production of blue hydrogen at Den Helder by 2027 could be possible.

Eduard de Visser, head of Strategy & Innovation at the Port of Amsterdam, also noted: ‘We are working towards a carbon-free society, and are therefore opting for hydrogen as a sustainable energy source.

‘A blue hydrogen plant in Den Helder fits well with the other initiatives that we are also developing under the Hydroports banner. We are, for example, working with Gasunie to examine whether a regional hydrogen pipeline between IJmuiden and Amsterdam is feasible.

‘We are also looking at creating a 100 MW hydrogen plant with Nouryon and Tata Steel. This could produce 15,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year. Hydrogen occupies an important place in the Dutch climate agreement. The potential introduction of a blue hydrogen plant brings a circular and emission-free economy a step closer.’

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes