Three energy movers are joining forces to develop an import terminal for a hydrogen carrier in the Port of Rotterdam

The new hydrogen terminal will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal

Hydrogen focus

Source: Port of Rotterdam

The new hydrogen terminal will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal

Gasunie, HES International (HES) and Vopak will create the terminal, that will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal, with the aim of moving it into operation from 2026.

The partners say that they are seeing demand for green hydrogen growing in the energy sector, the transport sector and the petrochemical industry, both in the Netherlands and Germany.

”An import terminal for green ammonia will make a vital contribution to the import of hydrogen, an essential link in the hydrogen chain, alongside hydrogen production, transport and storage. A reliable logistic chain is essential for developing the market for green hydrogen and for achieving the climate goals for 2030 and 2050,” said Vopak in a statement.

Strategic

In addition to the production of green hydrogen in the Netherlands, the group said there will also be demand in Northwestern Europe for the large-scale import of green hydrogen, in order to meet future demand.

At the new terminal, vessels from all over the world will be able to moor to discharge green ammonia and in the initial phase possibly also blue ammonia.

Use can be made of the existing infrastructure and the logistic facilities of the Port of Rotterdam. The site offers space for the development of an installation for converting ammonia into hydrogen. 

On the Maasvlakte, HES operates a strategic location with quayside capacity and direct access from the sea. Gasunie has at this location infrastructure of existing storage tanks and a system of pipelines.

In the future, this installation will be connected to the national hydrogen network of Gasunie, that can serve the future hydrogen market in Northwestern Europe.

By joining forces, an attractive starting point will be established from which within just a few years, the partners will be able to realise the import location for green ammonia in Rotterdam.

The eventual investment decision still has to be taken and will be based among others on customer contracts and the necessary permits, but the project partners intend to start work on the basic design of the import terminal this quarter.