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Nouryon, Tata Steel and Port of Amsterdam partner to develop Europe’s largest green hydrogen cluster

In the Netherlands, Nouryon (formerly AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals), Tata Steel and the Port of Amsterdam have joined together to study the feasibility of a large green hydrogen cluster in the Amsterdam region. The three parties consider green hydrogen as vital for reaching climate targets and building a more circular economy, for example by combining it with emissions from steel manufacture to make new products.

Formerly known as AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, the company was relaunched in early October 2018 as Nouryon following the recent acquisition of the business by The Carlyle Group and GIC and marks the company’s transition to becoming an independent, global specialty chemicals leader (photo courtesy Nouryon).

As a first step, the parties will study the feasibility of a 100 MW water electrolysis facility to produce up to 15 000 tonnes of hydrogen (H2) per annum as well as oxygen (O2) at Tata Steel’s IJmuiden site, near Amsterdam. By using renewable electricity, the initial unit will enable a carbon saving of up to 350 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

A final investment decision is expected in 2021. The partner companies have the ambition to further scale up the technology.

Nouryon will operate the facility, while Tata Steel will use the oxygen to further enhance the sustainability of its production processes. The parties will jointly explore different routes to use hydrogen for turning steel mill emissions into useful chemicals and products.

This partnership builds on our existing initiatives to support the development of a sustainable chemical industry. Green hydrogen is a realistic alternative for fossil-based raw materials and enables new forms of green chemistry, such as using steel mill gas, CO2, or waste to make plastics and move to new, circular value chains, said Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director Industrial Chemicals at Nouryon.

The recently presented Dutch Climate Law sets an ambitious CO2 reduction target of 49 percent by 2030 compared to 1990. The parties believe that green hydrogen can make a significant contribution towards this target and aim to reach sufficient scale to absorb all emissions from Tata Steel’s plant in IJmuiden and use it for the production of new materials.

Tata Steel is a strong supporter of hydrogen as a facilitator of the energy transition. This project could be a stepping stone to make large quantities of affordable hydrogen available in the future to enable us to become a CO2 neutral steel producer, said Hans Fischer, CEO of Tata Steel Europe.

The Port of Amsterdam will focus on the infrastructure for further distribution of green hydrogen, which will be the basis for the development of new industries and zero-emission transport in the Amsterdam area. The development of the green hydrogen cluster will also enable emissions-free buses and heavy transport in the entire Amsterdam area.

Large-scale production of green hydrogen, fueled by offshore wind, will enable the Amsterdam-North Sea canal region to make a leap forward towards a climate neutral circular industry. It will support our ambition towards synthetic fuels and synthetic kerosene and emission-free mobility, said Koen Overtoom, CEO Port of Amsterdam.

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