Gasunie and North Sea Port have signed an agreement to develop a regional transport network for hydrogen in Zeeland.
his ‘Hydrogen Delta Network NL’ will build on the region’s existing position for hydrogen and aims to take shape over the coming years. The next step will be to connect this regional infrastructure to the national Dutch and Belgian hydrogen infrastructure.
Many companies in Zeeland are currently taking the necessary action to contribute to the climate objectives for 2030 and 2050.
In order to achieve a regional hydrogen infrastructure, the market needs to develop and additional activities are also necessary. Several electrolysis projects have already been announced in Zeeland, in which ‘green’ hydrogen will be produced from sustainable electricity.
In addition to the development of large-scale electrolysis, the region also offers excellent opportunities for importing hydrogen via locations in the North Sea Port area.
Developments in the supply and demand for hydrogen in Zeeland are concentrated in the industrial sector in Vlissingen. In the future, the best method of connecting Vlissingen and Terneuzen will be explored.
At the same time, along with the development of the Zeeland hydrogen network, North Sea Port is developing a similar regional network in Belgium together with gas transport company Fluxys and ArcelorMittal. By the end of 2025, the hydrogen infrastructure in the delta region will be ready.
The Zeeland network is expected to be connected to the national hydrogen infrastructure that Gasunie is developing in the Netherlands in 2027. This will not only connect the Dutch industrial clusters, but it will also have connections with hydrogen storage facilities in the Northern Netherlands, Germany and other parts of Belgium.
Based on the results, the route for the regional hydrogen network will be finalised in early 2022. The necessary investment decisions will then need to be taken by the end of 2022.