Port of Rotterdam sees green hydrogen opportunity from Tasmania

Port of Rotterdam sees potential in importing green hydrogen from Tasmania

A joint study conducted by the Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Tasmanian government has conveyed the potential in importing green hydrogen from the island.

According to the Port of Rotterdam, electricity can be created from wind, solar and balancing with hydroelectric power in Tasmania.

The cost of import over a longer distance is reportedly minuscule and not a restricting factor.

Tasmanian hydrogen may become part of the supply mix and help to strengthen the new green hydrogen economy in the Netherlands and northwestern Europe, as the Port of Rotterdam becomes an international distribution hub for hydrogen.

In December 2021, the Tasmanian government and the Port of Rotterdam signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the viability of shipping green hydrogen to Rotterdam.

Since then, officials from the Tasmanian government and the Port of Rotterdam have conducted a study, investigating the possible supply chain for Tasmanian green hydrogen export to Rotterdam.

One of the conclusions of the study was that the distance from the Tasmanian port of Bell Bay to Rotterdam is not a limiting aspect.

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The comparatively low cost of creating green hydrogen in Tasmania, where wind and hydroelectric power are abundant, cancels out the expense of foreign transit.

Market possibilities for Tasmania are also encouraging, with the demand for green hydrogen in Northwest Europe set to develop significantly in order for the sector to meet its CO2 reduction objectives.

In June 2023, the Port of Rotterdam signed a MoU to cooperate in the field of green hydrogen with the Namibian Implementation Authority Office, Namport, and Nampower.

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