Monday, October 29, 2018

Hydrogen May Fuel Future Heavy Transport Needs in Amsterdam Port as Feasibility Study Opens

Dutch Political Demands Prompt Climate Change Action
Shipping News Feature
NETHERLANDS – When a 2017 report from the Dutch National Environment Agency proposed that EU climate change policy was ineffective, the reaction was for the bulk of the country's politicians to back a new Climate Law setting ambitious targets of 49% CO2 reduction by 2030 compared to 1990 levels and a 95% cut by 2050, with a future carbon neutral electricity policy. The Port of Amsterdam has moved beyond its shipping and logistics portfolio of late with a variety of Green initiatives and the political impetus has now engendered a further expansion.

Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Tata Steel and the Port of Amsterdam have joined together to study the feasibility of a large green hydrogen cluster in the Amsterdam region. The three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy, for example by combining it with emissions from steel manufacture to make new products.

As a first step, the parties will study the feasibility of a 100 megawatt water electrolysis facility to produce up to 15,000 tons of hydrogen per year as well as oxygen at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden site, near Amsterdam. By using renewable electricity, the initial unit will enable a carbon saving of up to 350,000 tons of CO2 per year, equivalent to the emissions of more than 40,000 households. A final investment decision is expected in 2021. The partner companies have the ambition to further scale up the technology.

Nouryon will operate the facility, while Tata Steel will use the oxygen to further enhance the sustainability of its production processes. The parties will jointly explore different routes to use hydrogen for turning steel mill emissions into useful chemicals and products. The Port of Amsterdam will focus on the infrastructure for further distribution of green hydrogen, which will be the basis for the development of new industries and zero-emission transport in the Amsterdam area. Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam, commented:

“Large-scale production of green hydrogen, fuelled by offshore wind, will enable the Amsterdam-North Sea canal region to make a leap forward towards a climate neutral circular industry. It will support our ambition towards synthetic fuels and synthetic kerosene and emission-free mobility.”

The three parties believe that green hydrogen can make a significant contribution towards the politicians targets and aim to reach sufficient scale to absorb all emissions from Tata Steel’s plant in IJmuiden and use it for the production of new materials. The development of the green hydrogen cluster will also enable emissions-free buses and heavy transport in the entire Amsterdam area.