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BP and partners pursue green hydrogen study

17/04/2019
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BP, Nouryon, and the Port of Rotterdam have joined forces to study the feasibility of making ‘green hydrogen’ via water electrolysis for BP’s refinery in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, which has the potential for significant reductions in CO2 emissions.
Overview of BP's Rotterdam Refinery.
(Overview of BP’s Rotterdam Refinery. Image via BP).

BP’s Rotterdam refinery currently uses hydrogen made from hydrocarbons, to desulphurise products. Replacing this entirely with green hydrogen produced from water using renewable energy could potentially result in a reduction of 350,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year based on current circumstances.

As part the agreement, BP, Nouryon, and the Port of Rotterdam will study the feasibility of a 250-megawatt water electrolysis facility to produce up to 45,000 tons of green hydrogen yearly using renewable energy, making it the largest facility of its kind in Europe.

Commenting on the study, Ruben Beens, CEO of BP Netherlands said:

“BP is committed to advance a low carbon future. We have committed to reduce emissions in our operations, improve our products to help customers reduce their emissions and create low carbon businesses. The use of green hydrogen, made from water with renewable energy, has the potential to deliver significant emissions reductions at Rotterdam. Working with Nouryon and the Port of Rotterdam will allow us to explore and fully understand the technical, operational and financial dimensions of this potential opportunity”.

Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director Industrial Chemicals at Nouryon, added:

“This partnership builds on our expertise in electrolysis technology to open up new value chains. With green hydrogen, we can provide sustainable solutions to our customers ranging from low-carbon fuels and industrial processes to new forms of circular chemistry”.

If the study concludes the facility would be commercially and technically viable, then Nouryon would build and operate it based on its leadership position in sustainable electrochemistry. The Port of Rotterdam would facilitate local infrastructure and investigate options for further development of a green hydrogen hub in the area. The partner intends to take a final investment decision on the project in 2022.

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