The Dutch government has translated the specific agreements made in the Paris Agreement on climate change (2015) into concrete ambitions for the Netherlands in 2030. Gasunie wants to help fulfil those ambitions, and infrastructure plays a linking and facilitating role.
Gasunie Waterstof Services aims to develop and manage large-scale hydrogen infrastructure in the Netherlands, which is needed to enable the switch from fossil fuels to sustainably produced gas. We focus on making the energy supply more sustainable in the long term, and to do so, we want to reuse and efficiently utilise the existing gas transport networks sustainably, safely and reliably.
Gasunie Waterstof Services B.V. (GWS) is a 100% subsidiary of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie.
In March 2016, N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie signed a Green Deal for hydrogen symbiosis in the Delta region (Zeelandic Flanders), together with the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, Dow Benelux, ICL Terneuzen, Yara Sluiskil and N.V. Economische Impuls Zeeland (Impuls). Hydrogen symbiosis involves linking up the three factories with a pipeline. The hydrogen released as a residual product at Dow is then used as a raw material by the other two companies, meaning it is put to use efficiently, while also saving the considerable energy that would otherwise have been needed to produce and transport the hydrogen. Carbon emissions are also reduced. In signing this Green Deal, all parties (including Gasunie) have committed themselves to making hydrogen symbiosis a reality. Gasunie will transport hydrogen from the supplier Dow Benelux to the customers ICL Terneuzen and Yara Sluiskil, a purpose for which Gasunie Waterstof Services (GWS) was set up.
Gasunie and hydrogen
Gasunie wants to accelerate development of the hydrogen market in the public’s interest. As an independent network operator and connecting party, we can link up hydrogen from various providers and transport it to the major industrial clusters in the Netherlands. This network's capacity can increase to approximately 15 GW by 2030 while using our existing infrastructure whenever possible. In order to achieve this goal, Gasunie is developing a number of projects with partners in the Eemshaven, North Sea Canal, Rotterdam, Zeeland and Limburg industrial clusters.