Port of Antwerp-Bruges to build green ammonia import terminal


Belgium – The Port of Antwerp-Bruges is considering constructing an open-access green ammonia import terminal.

Three companies, Fluxys, Advario Stolthaven Antwerp, and Advario Gas Terminal, have joined together to investigate the possibility. Ammonia can be converted back into hydrogen at the future terminal’s optional facilities, and it will also provide storage and multimodal sendout solutions for the chemical. The terminal will link up with the open-access Fluxys hydrogen network, guaranteeing supply across the whole of northwest Europe.

The terminal is expected to open to the public in 2027.

European hub

By providing decarbonization infrastructure and essentially turning Belgium into a European hub for the import and export of molecules essential to a carbon-neutral economy, the ammonia import terminal fits in perfectly with the partners’ strategy for implementing Europe’s hydrogen strategy and the REPowerEU plan. By 2030, REPowerEU hopes to have imported 1.5 million metric tons of ammonia to meet its green hydrogen consumption goal of 20 million metric tons.

Importing ammonia is an efficient way to bring in significant amounts of green energy and raw materials from overseas, where solar and wind energy can be used to manufacture hydrogen (H2), which can then be mixed with nitrogen (N2) from the air to form ammonia, which is crucial to Europe’s decarbonization.