Rotterdam and BP Partner to Explore Green Hydrogen


The Port of Rotterdam has entered into a partnership with BP and Nouryon to determine the possible reduction in CO2 emissions that can be achieved using “green hydrogen”.

Replacing hydrogen made from hydrocarbons with renewable energy, which would be generated via water electrolysis at BP’s refinery in Rotterdam, could reduce carbon emissions by 350,000 tonnes per year.

As part of the agreement, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by each of the parties to study the feasibility of a 250-megawatt water electrolysis facility that produces up to 45,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually.

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The facility, which if agreed will the largest of its kind in Europe, would be built and operated by electrochemistry specialist Nouryon, while the Port of Rotterdam would facilitate local infrastructure and investigate options for the further development of a green hydrogen hub in the area.

Ruben Beens, CEO of BP Netherlands, said: “BP is committed to advance a low carbon future. We have committed to reduce emissions in our operations, improve our products to help customers reduce their emissions and create low carbon businesses.

“The use of green hydrogen, made from water with renewable energy, has the potential to deliver significant emissions reductions at Rotterdam.”



Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam, also commented: “Development of large-scale electrolysers connected to offshore wind farms is vital for making solid progress with the new energy system in order to realize our climate goals.

“This 250-megawatt electrolyser is a key proof point that Rotterdam has the ability to be a frontrunner in the energy transition, which is an important differentiator for the port industry.”

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