Gasunie hydrogen pipeline to link up Dow and Yara

27/03/2018

  • Agreements signed for a hydrogen pipeline following the Green Deal on Hydrogen for the region
  • Yara to receive hydrogen from Dow Benelux for industrial use thanks to Gasunie’s transport pipeline
  • As well as cutting energy consumption, the hydrogen pipeline will save 10,000 tonnes of CO2
  • Successful industrial sustainable growth partnership as part of the Smart Delta Resources platform

Dow Benelux, Yara and Gasunie have signed agreements for the implementation of the Green Deal on Hydrogen for the region in Sas van Gent’s industrial museum. Together with Green Deal partner ICL-IP, the three parties intend to share hydrogen for industrial purposes through a gas transport pipeline that is no longer in service. Underground transport through the gas network is an efficient, safe way of transporting hydrogen. The collaboration is part of the Smart Delta Resources platform’s industrial sustainable growth partnership, which is facilitated by the Zeeland development company Impuls.

The agreements between Dow, Yara and Gasunie constitute the first step towards creating a hydrogen pipeline between Dow in Terneuzen and Yara in Sluiskil. After gaining the required permits, conversion of the gas transport pipeline and Dow and Yara’s connection points can commence. Work is expected to get under way in May, with the pipeline being ready to transport hydrogen in the final quarter of 2018.

Decrease in energy consumption and CO2 savings

Hydrogen produced by from Dow’s cracking plants will be used as a raw material at Yara in the manufacture of high-quality products. This will initially reduce energy consumption by 0.15 PJ per year, as well as saving 10,000 tonnes of CO2.

Achieving carbon reduction goals

“Industry is facing a major challenge in achieving the government’s goals for carbon reduction,” says Gerard van Pijkeren, Gasunie Waterstof Services’ Director. “Hydrogen has a crucial role to play. It can be used both as a raw material and a fuel and contributes to a reduction in industrial carbon emissions. The government wants the Netherlands to achieve a 49% reduction in carbon emissions by 2030, compared to 1990 levels. If we are to have access to sufficient hydrogen in 2030, we need to take measures now to both scale up production and install the required hydrogen transport network.”

“This is a key step in a special project, which has seen various companies join forces to make a shared contribution to the global climate challenge,” explains Anton van Beek, Dow Benelux’s President. “The chemical industry has a key role to play in tackling carbon emissions and we are working together with other industries on transforming our society into a sustainable one.”

“This residual hydrogen project is the next step towards achieving our ambition of a zero-emissions plant,” states Michael Schlaug, Yara Sluiskil’s Managing Director. “Yara has cut greenhouse gas emissions at its largest production site by 60% since 2005, despite production increasing by 1.5 million tonnes over the same period. After coming up against the limits of increasing energy efficiency at our own site, we looked to external partners to help us achieve our ambition. Our ‘WarmCO’ project is another fine example that sees us supply the greenhouse farming sector with heat and CO2.”

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