GREEN HYDROGEN PRODUCTION IS TAKING OFF IN THE NETHERLANDS
Shell Nederland is working together with partners to create a green hydrogen hub in the port of Rotterdam. Shell aims to produce green hydrogen on the Tweede Maasvlakte using green electricity from wind power. This wind power will preferably come from the “Hollandse Kust” (north) offshore wind farm at sea.
The final investment decision for the hydrogen plant has not been taken yet. Shell intends to start operations by 2023 to produce about 50,000 – 60,000 kg of hydrogen per day. Through their joint venture CrossWind, Shell and electricity company Eneco are participating in the tender for this wind farm “Hollandse Kust” (north). Both companies have issued guarantees to CrossWind for investments in the construction and operation of Hollandse Kust (noord). Green hydrogen can play an important role in the decarbonisation of industry, which currently uses large volumes of grey hydrogen. Replacing this hydrogen produced from natural gas with green hydrogen contributes to the decarbonisation of the energy system. A second important use of the hydrogen will be in heavy duty transport. In this plant, green hydrogen will be produced through electrolysis and is has a capacity of around 200 MW. Approximately 2,300 hydrogen trucks per day could run on this volume of green hydrogen as the market for trucks on hydrogen further develops.“The energy transition calls for guts, boldness, and action,” says Marjan van Loon, President-Director of Shell Nederland. “We regard this as a stepping stone for the recently announced NortH2-project. These projects fit well with our aspirations to provide more and cleaner energy to our customers, at home, on the go and at work.” The CrossWind consortium plan to have “Hollandse Kust” operational in 2023 with an estimated installed capacity of 759 MW, generating an estimated 3.3 TWh per year. This is sufficient renewable power to supply more than 1 million Dutch households with green electricity. The wind farm will be located approximately 18.5 kilometres off the Dutch coast near the town of Egmond aan Zee.
Also in the Netherlands earlier this year another green hydrogen production facility of 20 megawatt was announced to be build up north in the province Groningen by Nouryon and Gasunie. The EU subsidises this project with 11 million euros and the Dutch government with 5 million euros. De total investment will be dozens of millions of euros of which a part is still under negotiation. The final decision for this project follows later this year.