Port of Rotterdam expanding hydrogen and CO2 transport capacity

The Dutch Port of Rotterdam has awarded compatriot Swietelsky Rail Benelux with a contract for the construction of a new pipeline strip along the Moezelweg to increase hydrogen and CO2 transport capacity.

Courtesy of Port of Rotterdam Authority

According to the Port of Rotterdam Authority, the project marks a significant step forward in the construction of infrastructure for the energy transition.

Specifically, the pipeline strip will accommodate pipes belonging to HyTransPort.RTM and Porthos projects for the movement of hydrogen and CO2.

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The new pipeline strip will be 7.60 metres wide, creating space for six or seven cables and pipes, with the completion date scheduled for the end of 2023. 

Developed by the port of Rotterdam and Gasunie, the HyTransPort.RTM is an open access pipeline for any company wishing to consume or supply hydrogen. Shell has become the first company to sign up to use HyTransPort.RTM.

Holland Hydrogen I, the electrolyser that Shell is going to build on the Maasvlakte, will be connected to the pipeline.

Porthos is a joint venture (JV) between the Port of Rotterdam Authority, Gasunie and EBN. The JV is developing a project in which CO2 from industry in the port of Rotterdam will be captured, transported and stored in empty gas fields deep beneath the North Sea.

Porthos will store about 37 Mtonnes of CO2, which is about 2.5 Mtonnes of CO2 per year for 15 years.

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is aiming for a 55% reduction in carbon emissions in the port industrial complex by 2030, and for the port to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.

The ongoing projects that form the energy transition pillars will combine with hydrogen and biofuel production to reduce carbon emissions by 23 million tonnes. This represents 35% of the total Dutch carbon reduction target for 2030 (65 million tonnes).

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