Dutch government plans to build hydrogen transportation network with $750m investment

WCN Editorial Team 1 Jul 2022 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

The Dutch government has announced its plans to invest $789m through to 2031 to build a national hydrogen transportation network.

This was conveyed by the Dutch Energy Minister Rob Jetten in a letter to Parliament, reported Reuters.

The task for building the hydrogen transportation network would be entrusted to Gasunie, which is the country's gas network operator.

Gasunie will be responsible for managing and operating the network, parts of which are expected to be completed by 2026.

Jetten in the letter stated: "The aim of our rollout plan is to have a transport network that passes through the major industrial clusters, connects them to storage facilities and connects the Netherlands with neighboring countries."

The letter outlined the route the network will take.

Gasunie CEO Han Fennemasaid was quoted by the news agency as stating: "We (will) now start the construction of the public hydrogen network in the Netherlands, which will be a great boost for the transition towards a more sustainable energy system."

Although Netherlands has been considering developing a hydrogen transportation network for years, the plan has accelerated now in the wake of Russia's military incursion on Ukraine.

The last two months have seen two commercial consortiums announcing plans to construct hydrogen import terminals in the Port of Rotterdam.

Among the plans outlined by the energy minister include utilising a part of wind farms planned or under construction with a total 20GW capacity in the Dutch North Sea by 2030 as a source of clean energy to generate hydrogen.

The government is aiming to achieve 500MW conversion capacity by 2025 and 3.5GW by 2030.

However, it is not indicated how this capacity would be developed.

Jetten wrote: "Achieving the cabinet's goals for conversion capacity and the (hydrogen) transport volumes that this capacity will generate is very likely."
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Image: The plans to develop a hydrogen transportation network has accelerated now in the wake of Russia’s military incursion on Ukraine. Credit: LoggaWiggler from Pixabay.

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