Shell first to use hydrogen pipeline in Port of Rotterdam


The Netherlands – Shell is the first company to sign a contract to use HyTransPortRTM, a hydrogen pipeline being built by Gasunie in collaboration with the Port of Rotterdam Authority from the Maasvlakte to Pernis in the port of Rotterdam.

Fuels and raw materials that emit CO2 during production or use must be replaced with hydrogen, which is a fossil-free alternative. The pipeline’s first customer is Shell. Shell’s Holland Hydrogen I electrolyser, which will be built at the Maasvlakte’s Conversion Park, will be connected to the pipeline. The HyTransPortRTM pipeline transports hydrogen from the conversion park to Pernis. The hydrogen pipeline will be operational by the end of 2024 or the beginning of 2025. The pipeline will eventually be linked to both the national and international hydrogen networks.

Shell will make the final investment decision for the Holland Hydrogen I electrolyzer on the Second Maasvlakte in the first half of 2022. Around that time, the final investment decision for the HyTransPortRTM hydrogen pipeline will be made.


The hydrogen pipeline will be built over a 32-kilometer route. The pipe will be 24 inches in diameter (61cm). The transition from CO2-emitting fossil fuels and raw materials to CO2-free hydrogen should result in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions. Hydrogen is used as a raw material for chemical products and as an energy carrier for industrial processes where electrification cannot meet the requirements, such as high temperature processes in the petrochemical industry.

This first phase of the transport pipeline connects the Netherlands and Northwest Europe to a sustainable hydrogen economy. HyTransPortRTM will eventually be linked to the national and international hydrogen transportation systems.