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Port of Rotterdam, Namport on green hydrogen

Posted on June 26, 2023

The Port of Rotterdam has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to cooperate in the field of green hydrogen with the Namibian Implementation Authority Office, Namport, and Nampower.

The organisations have confirmed their intention to build a green hydrogen-related infrastructure, leading to new hydrogen supply chains from Luderiz to Rotterdam and surrounding areas.

This comes two months after the Port of Rotterdam announced that it is developing an 11-hectare site on the Maasvlakte suitable for the construction of a large green hydrogen plant.

The agreement was signed during the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s visit to Namibia, which was primarily focused on cooperation on energy transformation and renewable hydrogen.

With this MoU, the three Dutch state-owned enterprises aim to emphasise their commitment to further promote, deepen, and organise Namibia-Netherlands collaboration on green hydrogen in the next years.

By signing a Letter of Intent (LoI) between Namibia’s National Planning Commission and the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy, the MoU builds on a discourse in the sphere of energy resources, notably in green hydrogen.

The collaboration with Namport is one of several from the Port of Rotterdam, previously teaming up with Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and the Australian government in February of this year to build a joint hydrogen centre in Western Australia.

Additionally, in May, the Port of Rotterdam inaugurated the H2 Barge 1, the first zero-emission hydrogen-powered inland containership.


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