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The parties have joined forces to investigate the possibility of producing hydrogen via water electrolysis, with the energy needed for the process fed by renewables.
The BP refinery, located in the Port of Rotterdam, currently uses hydrogen to desulphurise its products, but it's made from hydrocarbons. Shifting to green hydrogen could potentially result in a reduction of 350kt of CO2 emissions per year.
According to the partnership agreement, a study will be carried out on the feasibility of setting up a 250 MW water electrolysis facility that could produce up to 45kt/year of green hydrogen.
If the outcome will turn out to be positive, then Nouryon would build and operate the facility, whereas the Port of Rotterdam would provide the local infrastructure as well as look into options for further developing a green hydrogen hub in the area.
The partners intend to take a final investment decision on the project in 2022.
"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. Working with Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam will allow us to explore and fully understand the technical, operational and financial dimensions of this potential opportunity," Ruben Beens, CEO, BP Netherlands.
Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director Industrial Chemicals, Nouryon, added, "This partnership builds on our expertise in electrolysis technology to open up new value chains. With green hydrogen, we can provide sustainable solutions to our customers ranging from low-carbon fuels and industrial processes to new forms of circular chemistry.""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," Allard Castelein, CEO, the Port of Rotterdam, summed up.