The Port of Rotterdam Authority is building an 11-hectare (ha) site on the Maasvlakte that will be suitable for a green hydrogen plant capable of producing up to 1 GW. The facility can accommodate up to 1 GW of electrolysis and is next to the proposed location of the Tennet Amaliahaven (380kV) high-voltage cable.

Additionally, a new hydrogen pipeline and the 2 GW DC cable from the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm Zone Beta are located here. Furthermore, the site lies close to the Evides water pipeline. The Port Authority has stated that it is looking into the possibility of connecting the Maasvlakte hydrogen facilities to regional heat networks.

The Port Authority stated that it is in discussions with the municipality and the DCMR Environmental Protection Agency on amending zoning plans, in order to assign the land for hydrogen production. The site currently has authorisation for container storage. The authority also stated that the rationale for the site’s development is the upcoming tender for the IJmuiden Ver Wind Farm in 2023. The farm is anticipated to be completed in 2028 and will have a 2 GW capacity.

Reportedly, several parties have already indicated investment interest. The authority will reserve 11ha on the Maasvlakte exclusively for the party that wins this tender. The minister for climate and energy announced the draft ministerial regulations for Zone Beta in late March 2023.

REGlobal’s Views: This project will help establish Rotterdam as an important energy hub for not just domestic production and application of hydrogen but also exporting hydrogen to other large demand centers in Europe.