Blue hydrogen factory in Den Helder in sight

The arrival of a blue hydrogen factory in Den Helder is a step
closer.

Letter of intent has been signed

An investigation is underway to determine its feasibility. The authorities and market parties involved have agreed on this in a Blue Hydrogen Den Helder Agreement of Intent. Blue hydrogen is a cleaner source of energy because the CO2 released during production is captured and stored.

A large number of parties recently signed an agreement to investigate large-scale production of Blue hydrogen in Den Helder. In this way, Noord-Holland Noord is responding to cabinet policy. The Cabinet recently sent the Cabinet Vision on hydrogen and the Green Gas Roadmap to the House of Representatives. The Lower House Committee for Economic Affairs and Climate (EZK) will soon have a discussion with the cabinet about both documents.

A letter of intent has been signed by NAM, Gasunie, GasTerra, Port of Den Helder, North Holland Development Company, Municipality of Den Helder, Province of North Holland and New Energy Coalition. The parties have agreed to conduct an initial exploration into the feasibility of constructing a large-scale hydrogen factory in Den Helder.

In the Environmental Vision of the province of North Holland, Den Helder is positioned as an important driver of the energy transition.

Edward Stigter, Deputy for Climate and Energy: "North Holland is in the middle of the energy transition. That is a gigantic operation for the whole of the Netherlands. We need to get our energy in a different way to achieve the climate goals. I am happy that we will look with these various parties at the feasibility of a blue hydrogen factory in Den Helder. It is also a good example of the opportunities that the energy transition offers. "


Important role for ports

The ports of Amsterdam, Groningen and Den Helder have an important role to play in bringing green energy ashore from the offshore wind farms. Hydrogen will play a major role in this. In order to reinforce this future task, these three ports have entered into a partnership under the name Hydroports. The Hydroports have the ambition to contribute to optimizing the infrastructure for the future hydrogen economy. The development of a blue hydrogen production facility in Den Helder is of strategic importance.

Alderman Kees Visser: “The production of blue hydrogen in Den Helder offers many economic opportunities and employment for the North Holland North region. The region will also be able to contribute even better to achieving the climate objectives, the more so when Den Helder will eventually also play an important role in the transit of the green hydrogen that will be produced by offshore wind farms. A recent study by ECN part of TNO has recently confirmed the importance of Den Helder as a link for the energy transition. "

The role of blue hydrogen in the energy transition

Hydrogen is ideally suited to achieve objectives related to the Dutch energy transition. As an energy carrier, it will make an important contribution to achieving the climate goals. The hydrogen gas can be produced with green energy from the (large) offshore wind farms that will be built in the coming decades. But even now hydrogen can be produced from natural gas. This process releases CO2, which can be captured during production and stored in the empty gas fields of the North Sea. This prevents the CO2 from being released into the atmosphere. Hydrogen produced in this way is climate neutral and is called blue hydrogen. Den Helder has a good position for blue hydrogen production due to the availability of existing gas infrastructure for the transport of hydrogen. The proximity of the North Sea for the storage of CO2 is also favorable.