Port of Rotterdam expands hydrogen and CO2 transportation capacity

Hydrogen

The Netherlands – The Port of Rotterdam Authority has awarded Swietelsky Rail Benelux B.V. the contract to construct a new pipeline strip along the Moezelweg.

Hydrogen and CO2 can be delivered through the HyTransPort.RTM and Porthos pipes, which will fit within the pipeline strip.

To expand capacity along Moezelweg in the Europoort neighborhood, the existing trunk line must be relocated, an earth-retaining structure must be installed, and a section of embankment must be excavated. The new pipeline strip will be 7.60 meters wide, allowing for the installation of up to seven conduits and cables. By the close of 2023, we hope to have completed this project.

HyTransPort.RTM

Any business desiring to supply or consume hydrogen may do so through the HyTransPort.RTM hydrogen pipeline. The first business to register with HyTransPort.RTM is Shell. The pipeline will be attached to Holland Hydrogen I, the electrolyser Shell plans to construct on the Maasvlakte.

Porthos is an ongoing initiative to collect and transport industrial CO2 from Rotterdam’s port and store it in untapped gas deposits deep beneath the North Sea. The Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie, and EBN have collaborated to form Porthos. About 37 metric tons of carbon dioxide can be stored in Porthos, or 2.5 metric tons each year for 15 years.

Carbon neutrality

By 2050, the Port of Rotterdam Authority hopes to achieve carbon neutrality, and by 2030, they seek to reduce carbon emissions at the port’s industrial complex by 55 percent. The energy transformation pillars’ current projects will use hydrogen and biofuel production to reduce carbon emissions by 23 million tons. There will have been a 35% reduction in carbon emissions in the Netherlands by 2030. (65 million tonnes). There will be a substantial need for new utilities like cables and pipes to support these endeavors during the next few years. Therefore, eliminating the bottleneck at the Moezelweg pipeline strip is a crucial first step.

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