Netherlands begins constructing €1.5bn hydrogen pipeline

Right this moment, the Netherlands formally started developing a 1,200km-long hydrogen pipeline — amid a continent-wide push to wean Europe off pure gasoline.

The first part of the pipeline will run from the Maasvlakte — an enormous man-made extension of the Europoort in Rotterdam (Europe’s largest port) — some 30 kilometres inland to a gasoline refinery in Pernis, run by petrochemical large Shell. This section is scheduled to open in 2025 at a value of €100mn. 

The ribbon-cutting ceremony was attended by the nation’s King Willem-Alexander, the minister for local weather and vitality coverage, Rob Jetten, and Han Fennema, CEO of state-run vitality firm Gasunie.

“The beginning of the development of the hydrogen community at present is a crucial milestone,” mentioned Jetten earlier at present. “Hydrogen is ideally suited to creating our trade extra sustainable and presents financial alternatives for the Netherlands as an vital hyperlink in Northwestern Europe. I’m proud that we’re the primary nation to begin constructing a nationwide community.” 

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From 2030, the broader 1,200km community will join import terminals and hydrogen manufacturing services with main industrial clusters within the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium. A big chunk of the community might be made up of repurposed gasoline pipelines, a lot of that are set to turn out to be redundant because the nation appears to be like to scale back its reliance on the fossil gasoline. The megaproject will value about €1.5bn.