Ports of Bilbao, Amsterdam and duisport develop Intra-European Corridor

Ports of Bilbao, Amsterdam and duisport develop Intra-European Corridor

The Ports of Bilbao, Amsterdam and duisport have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore the development of an intra-European corridor for renewable hydrogen connecting end-to-end Spain, The Netherlands and Germany.

The MoU builds on an agreement concluded in June between Bilbao and Amsterdam, with the specific aim of initiating a viable corridor that allows for Basque produced renewable hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives to be exported to the Port of Amsterdam for local offtake.

With the development of duisport, this corridor may be expanded, with the Port of Amsterdam being the entrance to the German market, allowing Basque hydrogen to be supplied to big industrial offtakers in the Rhine-Ruhr area.

As part of their collaboration, the parties will reportedly concentrate on Petronor’s production of renewable hydrogen in the Basque Country, as well as the identification of offtake possibilities and demand centres in Duisburg and its neighbouring industrial zones.

Furthermore, the ports will assess transportation, storage, and distribution techniques in order to develop solutions to ensure the supply of renewable hydrogen and its derivatives to the appropriate end-users.

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Andima Ormaetxe, Director Operations, Commercial and Logistics of Port of Bilbao, said: “It is our aim to become carbon neutral by 2050 and therefore green corridors between Bilbao, the Netherlands and Germany are of importance to help decarbonise, not only the Basque Country Industry, but also other industrial regions within Europe.”

Markus Bangen, CEO of duisport, stated: “By expanding this trusting cooperation, we are sending an important signal for cross-border collaboration: only by working together we can master global challenges such as the energy transition and quickly develop a Europe-wide hydrogen network. The aim is to work at full speed to make the transport chains.”

Dorine Bosman, Chief Investment Officer at Port of Amsterdam, noted: “As a partner, Port of Amsterdam is committed to contribute to the decarbonisation of industries within Europe.

“We believe that the development of these intra-European hydrogen corridors is essential. The port of Amsterdam has a key role to play as a conduit for hydrogen and e-fuels to the Rhine-Ruhr area.”

In July, the Port of Bilbao reported a 3 per cent increase in container throughput over the first six months of the year compared to the year prior.

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