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Europe’s largest blue hydrogen plant to be built

Air Products is to build, own and operate a carbon capture and CO2 treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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The facility is expected to be onstream in 2026, with the resulting blue hydrogen product to serve ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery and additional customers via Air Products’ hydrogen pipeline network system. It is claimed the facility, once fully operational, will be the ‘largest blue hydrogen plant in Europe’.


The carbon capture retrofit will capture CO2 from Air Products’ existing hydrogen plant and ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery. The plant will be connected to the Porthos system, a consortium developing the first large-scale CO2 transport and storage system in the Netherlands which recently reached final investment decision approval.


Along with CO2 from other industry in the port of Rotterdam, the captured CO2 will be transported to depleted gas fields in the North Sea, approximately 20 km off the coast, where it will be permanently stored at a depth of more than 3 km beneath the seabed.


The Porthos system is expected to allow Air Products to more than halve its CO2 emissions in the port of Rotterdam.

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