Seven major industrial players and public stakeholders have signed a cooperation agreement to deliver projects that shape the production, transport and storage of hydrogen in Belgium.
Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering (DEME), Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet will together study the entire hydrogen import and transport chain for a year.
The aim of the study is to map the financial, technical and regulatory aspects of the various components in the logistics chain: production, loading and unloading and transport by sea and via pipelines.
The outcome of the analysis must be a roadmap that indicates the best way to transport hydrogen for the various applications in the energy and chemical sector.
The results of this analysis, which are expected to be ready in approximately one year, will form the bridge towards concrete projects.
Luc Vandenbulcke, CEO of DEME, said, “We strongly believe that hydrogen can play a crucial role in the CO2-free energy transition.”
“As a pioneer in the development, construction and financing of offshore wind farms, we want to make full use of our expertise for the production, transport and storage of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources.”
“Thanks to this unique partnership of ports and industry, Belgium can play a leading role in the green hydrogen economy and further reduce CO2 emissions.”
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of Port of Antwerp, said, “We want to give every chance to hydrogen as an energy carrier, as basic element for chemistry and as a fuel, and therefore commit ourselves as an active pioneer of the hydrogen economy. As Europe’s largest integrated chemical cluster, we are an important link in this.
“We also look at collaboration with spearhead clusters and knowledge institutions and want to learn from this hydrogen coalition for our international ambitions.”