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Dutch energy company plans new hydrogen plant in port of Rotterdam

20 November 2023

Dutch energy company Eneco has submitted planning application for the construction of the ‘Eneco Electrolyzer’, a green hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam’s Europoort industrial area. Eneco is working with Mitsubishi on the project which is aiming to help industrial customers make their processes and products more sustainable.

Image: Eneco
Image: Eneco

If planning permission is granted, construction is likely to start in 2026 with the plant set to be operational by 2029.

“Producing green hydrogen is essential for a successful energy transition”, said Eneco CEO As Tempelman. “When direct electrification is not possible, green hydrogen is a good and sustainable alternative, both as a raw material and as a fuel. Investing in green hydrogen is an important part of our strategy and it pleases me that we can now take concrete steps towards this.”

An electrolyser is a hydrogen plant that splits water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. The Eneco Electrolyser will use renewable energy from solar parks and wind farms to produce clean hydrogen that’s initially aimed towards the industrial sector. Moreover, hydrogen could eventually replace natural gas as a fuel in the industrial and electricity sectors and play a part in more flexible production of electricity.

The Eneco Electrolyzer will be developed next to the Enecogen power station in Europoort. This location means the two facilities can share some infrastructure, which has advantages with regards to costs and realisation time. The Eneco Electrolyzer will eventually have a capacity of 800 megawatts. This means it will be able to produce up to 80 kilotonnes of hydrogen every year, depending on the amount of renewable energy available and the demand for green hydrogen from the industrial sector.

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