Developments in green gas, heat, hydrogen and CCS projects
Our projects focused on supporting and accelerating the energy transition are proceeding on track. This includes the following projects:
- HyStock’s hydrogen plant at Zuidwending (Groningen) was completed in June and will be fully operational from July onwards. His Majesty the King opened this green hydrogen plant in the morning of Wednesday 26 June. The HyStock hydrogen plant converts 1 megawatt of sustainable electricity to green hydrogen, making it the first in the Netherlands to be able to apply this process on a serious scale.
- In Alkmaar, Gasunie and SCW Systems are working jointly on a plant for supercritical water gasification. This technology is capable of converting dehydrated sewage sludge under high pressure and at high temperatures into green gas. The recent test results have been very promising.
- When it comes to heating, we are in negotiations with several stakeholders to reach agreement on the realisation of a large-scale heating infrastructure in the province of Zuid-Holland and on what role Gasunie will play in that.
- Over the past several months, a number of companies have expressed an interest in participating in the Porthos CCCS project in Rotterdam. Porthos is an initiative of EBN, Gasunie and the Port of Rotterdam. The goal of the project is to realise a generally accessible transport and storage infrastructure to which multiple parties can supply CO2 and in which they can have it stored. It is expected that 2 to 5 million tonnes of CO2 per year can be stored in empty gas fields under the North Sea. The interest that has since been expressed by CO2-emitting businesses is great enough to proceed to the next phase of research for the project. Our contribution to the Porthos project is driven by our experience with the development of gas infrastructure and gas transport.
German LNG Terminal
Significant progress has also been made over the past six months on the preparation of an LNG terminal in northern Germany (Brunsbüttel) by Gasunie together with Oiltanking and Vopak LNG Holding.
The interest from potential customers remains as high as ever and two Heads of Agreement were once again signed in 2019 for long-term capacity contracts.
German LNG Terminal GmbH will send out the permit application for the terminal this summer. The conditional investment decision is planned for the end of 2019. After all the requisite permits have been received, the construction activities can be started in 2020, so that the terminal can be operational in mid-2023.