Posted on November 1, 2023
The Port of Rotterdam Authority has officially begun the construction of the national hydrogen network.
The hydrogen network commenced on 27 October in the presence of King Willem-Alexander, Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy Policy, Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb and the King’s Commissioner underlines the significance of this network for the Netherlands.
The network, which is accessible to all hydrogen producers and purchasers, would eventually span 1,200 kilometres and provide green hydrogen to five Dutch industrial hubs. The Delta Rhine Corridor will also link with Germany.
The first segment of more over 30 kilometres extends from the Maasvlakte conversion park to Pernis. On the conversion park, the first of four hydrogen plants is now under development.
The Holland Hydrogen 1 hydrogen plant, operating at 200 megawatts (MW), reportedly generates green hydrogen using power from offshore wind farms and is anticipated to ship the first green hydrogen to Pernis in 2025.
The large-scale storage capacities provide the hydrogen network more flexibility in terms of green energy supply.
The network also fosters the development of the Netherlands as a European hydrogen energy centre, as well as the expansion of the international hydrogen market. It also adds to European energy independence.