The Port of Rotterdam and Chile have inked a brand-new green hydrogen agreement that will see the two locations work together to pair international supply and demand of the clean fuel.
Minister Juan Carlos Jobet, of the Ministry of Energy of Chile, and Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam yesterday (17th March) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the effort.
With the newly formed alliance, the locations will collaborate to advance the use of hydrogen. They will also share information, knowledge, good practices, experiences, formal discussions and collaborating on projects of mutual interest and benefit.
At the signing, Minister Jobet said the agreement is an important step for the port as an energy gateway for Europe, with some 13% of energy used in Europe reaching the continent via Rotterdam.
Committing to renewables, the port is currently preparing its infrastructure and distribution network to receive hydrogen per ship from all parts of the world and to ensure distribution of hydrogen to neighbouring countries in Europe.
‘We are committed to the Paris Climate agreement and have been working on the Energy Transition in our port for a number of years now,” said Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam.
“It is co-operations like these, with a country like Chile, that enable us to take important steps towards realising our ambitions as hydrogen hub for North West Europe.”
“The economic and environmental importance of setting up this trade lane is significant as we believe hydrogen will be important for meeting the climate goals, and it will be beneficial both for the producing and the receiving country.”