Green Deal: hydrogen transport through Gasunie network makes industry in Zeelandic Flanders stronger and more sustainable

14/03/2016

  • First successful green industrial growth partnership within the Smart Delta Resources platform
  • Gas infrastructure is the key to making industry more sustainable
  • Hydrogen infrastructure could cut carbon emissions on roughly the same scale as the heating demand in a town like Terneuzen

Dow Benelux, Yara and ICL-IP intend to share hydrogen for industrial purposes through Gasunie Transport Services’ national gas transport network. Underground transport through the gas network is a sustainable, efficient and safe way of transporting hydrogen. Henk Kamp, Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs, signed the Green Deal on Hydrogen for the region with the stakeholders today to endorse their intention.  

In signing this deal, Kamp is supporting the implementation of regional hydrogen sharing through gas transport pipelines as a key step towards reinforcing the industrial cluster. The Dutch province of Zeeland will contribute up to €200,000 towards a study of the second stage of hydrogen symbiosis. This deal will save companies in Zeelandic Flanders a lot of energy, as well as significantly cutting their carbon emissions by between 20,000 and 40,000 tonnes. This equates roughly to the heating demand of 10,000 to 20,000 residents. The project is also an initial success of the industrial partnership in the Smart Delta Resources platform (SDR).

“This Green Deal shows that the national gas transport network is the key to making industry in the Delta region more sustainable,” says Bart Jan Hoevers, Network Development manager at Gasunie Transport Services. “Deploying customised gas will enable green growth in a sector that is generally rather difficult to make sustainable. And that is good news.”

Win-wins for green growth in the region

The Green Deal between the Dutch government and seven stakeholders paves the way towards implementing hydrogen sharing within the SDR with clear win-wins:

  • High-quality usage of hydrogen produced by Dow cracking plants. The hydrogen will serve as a raw material for high-quality products made by Yara and ICL-IP.
  • Decrease in energy consumption, initially by 0.15 PJ per year, or roughly the gas consumption of around 3,000 households. Savings will increase further during the subsequent stage.
  • Underground transport through the gas network is a sustainable, efficient and safe way of transporting hydrogen.
  • Hydrogen transport by road to ICL-IP will be cut back by 70-80%, improving safety outside the company.
  • Carbon savings of between 20,000 and 40,000 tonnes over the project as a whole. This equates roughly to the heating demand of 10,000 to 20,000 residents.

“The real added value of this industrial partnership is that it will act as a catalyst for sustainable industrial growth in the region,” explains Anton van Beek, President of Dow Benelux’s Board. “This constitutes a major step towards creating a new future for the industry together.” 

The Smart Delta Resources (SDR) platform is an initiative of eleven companies in the Delta region that make intensive use of energy and raw materials. With support from the Dutch province of Zeeland, Zeeland Seaports and Economische Impuls Zeeland, the platform is developing concrete business cases.


 

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