BP and Nouryon developing green hydrogen supplies at Rotterdam port

BP and Nouryon developing green hydrogen supplies at Rotterdam port

BP, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), and the Port of Rotterdam have joined forces to explore the opportunity of making green hydrogen via water electrolysis for BP’s refinery in Rotterdam.

The refinery currently uses hydrogen made from hydrocarbons to desulphurise products. Replacing this entirely with green hydrogen produced from water using renewable energy could potentially result in a reduction of 350,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year based on current circumstances.

The parties have signed a memorandum of understanding to study the feasibility of a 250-megawatt water electrolysis facility to produce up to 45,000 tonnes of green hydrogen yearly using renewable energy. It would be the largest of its kind in Europe.

Nouryon would build and operate the facility while the Port of Rotterdam would facilitate local infrastructure and investigate options for further development of a green hydrogen hub in the area. The partners intend to take a final investment decision on the project in 2022.

Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, commented: “Development of large-scale electrolysers connected to offshore wind farms is vital for making solid progress with the new energy system in order to realize our climate goals. This 250-megawatt electrolyser is a key proof point that Rotterdam has the ability to be a frontrunner in the energy transition, which is an important differentiator for the port industry.”

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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    Bruce M.J. Coatta
    April 16, 2019 at 11:22 pm

    HOW MANY “ELECTRIC-ENERGY-UNITS” ARE REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PRODUCE AN EQUIVALENT ‘SINGLE-ENERGY UNIT’ OF HYDROGEN VIA WATER ELECTROLYSIS?

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      Bruce M.J. Coatta
      April 16, 2019 at 11:24 pm

      Not to mention … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindenburg_disaster