North Sea Port came into existence in 2017 when the Port of Ghent (Flanders) and the Dutch ports of Terneuzen and Vlissingen joined forces. Every year, the North Sea Port cluster relies on fossil fuel to produce around 580,000 tons of hydrogen, making it one of the largest production and demand centers in its category in Europe today. To accelerate carbon reduction and meet European Green Deal standards, industrial demand for this hydrogen is expected to grow to around one million tons by 2050.
Now, SeaH2Land, a collaborative project with the Danish sustainable energy company Ørsted, serves as the gateway to a renewable hydrogen revolution in the North Sea Port cluster. Often referred to as “an ambitious vision”, the sustainable hydrogen project has three stages:
- First, a GW electrolyser is built to produce renewable hydrogen and convert up to 20% of the current regional hydrogen consumption to renewable hydrogen.
- Next, both regions will be linked through a cross-border pipeline.
- To top off the project, a new 2 GW offshore wind farm located in the Dutch North Sea will enable large-scale supply of green electricity to produce renewable hydrogen. This will be one of the world’s largest renewable hydrogen production facilities.