Supporting European framework for hydrogen import infrastructure crucial to meet REPowerEU targets on time

Source: Port of Rotterdam The import of renewable and low carbon hydrogen is paramount if Europe is to end its dependency on Russian fossil fuels and realize its climate objectives in 2030. In REPowerEU, the European Commission rightly acknowledges the need for imports from outside Europe to complement local production of hydrogen and intra-EU hydrogen trading. Diversification of resources and the establishment of new maritime trading routes is key to ensure Europe’s energy security and diversify new, clean energy flows. A group of companies in the Rotterdam industrial cluster, including the Port of Rotterdam, OCI, Koole, Air Products, Shell, Vopak, VTTI and Votob has issued a joint statement asking European policymakers for a technology-neutral regulatory framework that supports investments of first-movers in import infrastructure in ports, facilitates the deployment of new and existing pipeline infrastructure and supports the set-up of new maritime import corridors. The signatories of this statement call upon EU policymakers and Member States to urgently:

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Vopak focuses on hydrogen imports in Rotterdam with German company

Fuente: Port of Rotterdam Tank storage company Vopak and German hydrogen company Hydrogenious are starting a joint venture in the storage, transport and supply of hydrogen via hydrogen carrier benzyltoluene. Through LOHC Logistix, the companies are committing to building a plant in Rotterdam that can initially decouple 1.5 tonnes of hydrogen per day from this carrier. No final decision on the investment has been made yet. This will first require, among other things, the licensing process to be completed successfully. Both parent companies have, however, committed financially to the project. In June 2022, Vopak announced that it would invest €1 billion in new energy and sustainable commodities until 2030. LOHC technology LOHC Logistix’s ambition is to ‘take hydrogen logistics to the next level’. It does so based on the LOHC technology developed by Hydrogenious. LOHCs (liquid organic hydrogen carriers) facilitate the transport and storage of hydrogen by binding it to a chemical compound, a hydrogen carrier such as a paste or an oil. Without such a carrier, the transport of hydrogen would require a temperature of -253°C. By comparison, for LNG (liquefied natural gas) this is -160°C. In addition, storing hydrogen without a carrier requires tanks that can withstand extremely

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