Some 27 parties operating in the Ports of Rotterdam and Pecém have signed an agreement to strengthen bilateral cooperation and knowledge and promote public and private initiatives between the countries.
The focus areas of the cooperation include port development, port logistics, hinterland connection, and port-related energy projects, such as offshore wind energy and green hydrogen production.
This cooperation aligns with the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s efforts to grow the European hydrogen economy.
To this end, the port plans to import renewable energy on a large scale for the European energy supply in the form of green hydrogen.
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The Port of Rotterdam Authority co-owns the port of Pecém, which, as an industrial and logistics hub for north-east Brazil, offers opportunities for international trade flows and investment from Europe.
The agreement was signed in the presence of the Netherlands Prime Minister, Mark Rutte, and the Dutch economic delegation at the Port of Pecém and was part of his multi-day visit to Brazil.
The declaration of intent was signed via a live video link between the World Port Center in Rotterdam, and the Pecém Port Complex Integration Company (CIPP) in Brazil, during the World Hydrogen Summit & Exhibition 2023 in Rotterdam.
This agreement comes a month after German energy provider, Onyx Power, announced its plans to build a hydrogen production plant at its existing site in the Port of Rotterdam to produce low carbon blue hydrogen.
More recently, the Port of Rotterdam Authority announced that it is developing an 11-hectare site on the Maasvlakte suitable for the construction of a large green hydrogen plant.