Germany-headed electro-chemical technology major thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers, a thyssenkrup AG - Industrie De Nora joint venture company, has announced that it has signed a supply contract with global oil, gas, and energy major Royal Dutch Shell plc (Shell) for the large-scale project ‘Hydrogen Holland I’ in the Port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Under the contract, thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers will engineer, procure and fabricate a 200 MW electrolysis plant based on its large-scale 20 MW alkaline water electrolysis module.
The first construction work for the electrolyzers will likely begin in Spring 2022. Shell’s final investment decision to build the ‘Holland Hydrogen I’ is expected in 2022, after which the intended start of production will be in 2024.
The center of the “Hydrogen Holland I” hydrogen project facility will be a hall, covering 2 hectares (ha). Green hydrogen will be produced for industry and the transport sector, with electricity coming from offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust Noord, by means of Guarantees of Origin (GO).
The hydrogen can be transported through a pipeline with a length of about 40 kilometers that will run from the plant to Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam.
Net-zero is a number one priority for the plant: reusable construction materials will be applied wherever possible and solar panels will be incorporated in the outside walls of the plant. The factory will be open to selected visitors once fully operational.
We are looking forward to supporting building a major hydrogen hub in central Europe and to contribute to Europe’s transition to green energy. With our large-scale standard module size, we will further strengthen Shell’s hydrogen strategy. Our partnership perfectly combines our engineering excellence with Shell’s competence of a large global energy player, said Dr Christoph Noeres, Head of Green Hydrogen at thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.
According to thyssenkrup, green hydrogen is one main pillar of the energy transition towards sustainable decarbonization. By 2025, countries representing over 80 percent of the global GDP are expected to enter the hydrogen economy with a dedicated hydrogen strategy.