Feasibility study for Maasvlakte green hydrogen plant begins

Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have begun a feasibility study for a large-scale green hydrogen production plant at Maasvlakte.

The feasibility study will be completed this summer. If the project gets the green light, the new facility could be built by 2026. The plant’s initial capacity would be 100MW, with plans to expand to 500MW.

In a statement issued yesterday (8 January), Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘The production of green hydrogen on the Uniper site fits in perfectly with the strategy of the Port Authority to make the industry more sustainable. Green hydrogen is a sustainable alternative for natural gas.’

Andreas Schierenbeck, CEO of Uniper, added: ‘Our location at Maasvlakte is the perfect place for large-scale production of green hydrogen. This is where everything comes together: large amounts of renewable energy, the required infrastructure, and industrial customers. A better place for green hydrogen production is hardly imaginable.’

In the production of green hydrogen, renewable energy is used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis. Thanks to its ‘carbon-neutral’ production, green hydrogen has been identified as one of the key alternative fuels that industries including shipping could use help to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Port of Rotterdam said that the ‘conceptual design’ and the technical dimensions of the new hydrogen plant will be developed in the next few months, while the study will explore the ‘potential market for sustainable hydrogen, both in the Rotterdam port area and in Germany’.

Ian Taylor

Ian Taylor