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PORT OF ROTTERDAM: February 08, 2019. The Port of Rotterdam is collaborating with energy suppliers to explore the large-scale production and application of ‘blue hydrogen’ in the Rotterdam industrial area.

Blue hydrogen is obtained from natural gas or industrial residual gasses by splitting them into hydrogen (H2) and carbon dioxide (CO2). The captured CO2 would be safely stored in empty gas fields in the North Sea or re-used as chemical building blocks.

LNG Gate Port of RotterdamThe goal is to replace natural gas and coal production with blue hydrogen to deliver a substantial reduction in CO2-emissions of two megatons per annum in 2025 rising to six megatons by 2030.

In addition to the Port, project participants are Deltalinqs, TNO, Air Liquide, BP, EBN, Engie, Equinor, Gasunie, GasTerra, Linde, OCI Nitrogen, Shell, TAQA, Uniper and Koninklijke Vopak. Together they represent a hydrogen value chain from production to end-users.

At the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco last year the co-chairs of the Hydrogen Council, Air Liquide CEO Benoit Potier and Woong-Chul Yang, vice chairman of Hyundai, called on governments to ensure that 100 percent of hydrogen fuel used in different modes of transport is decarbonised by 2030.

“Transport may be our first target, but with right level of support we will see positive effects across many sectors. We believe hydrogen can play a key role in the clean energy transition and we are ready to work together with governments to help create the right technical, financial and legislative environment that will enable decarbonised hydrogen to scale up,” declared the two men.

Rotterdam says the opportunities for hydrogen and electrification development will help the Netherlands achieve its 2030 emissions goals.

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