Shell to Power Large-Scale Dutch Hydrogen Plant with Offshore Wind

Energy giant Shell has signed a supply contract with thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers for the Hydrogen Holland I large-scale project in the port of Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Under the contract, thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers will engineer, procure and fabricate a 200 MW electrolysis plant based on their large-scale 20 MW alkaline water electrolysis module.

The first construction work for the electrolysers will likely begin in Spring 2022. Shell’s final investment decision to build the Holland Hydrogen I is expected in 2022, after which the intended start of production will be in 2024.

”We are looking forward to support building a major hydrogen hub in central Europe and to contribute to Europe’s transition to green energy,” said Dr. Christoph Noeres, Head of Green Hydrogen at thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.

”With our large-scale standard module size, we will further strengthen Shell’s hydrogen strategy. Our partnership perfectly combines our engineering excellence with Shell’s competence of a large global energy player.”

Powered by Hollandse Kust Noord

The center of the Hydrogen Holland I hydrogen project facility will be a hall, covering two hectares, the size of three football fields.

Green hydrogen will be produced for industry and the transport sector, with electricity coming from the Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm by means of guarantees of origin.

The hydrogen can be transported through a pipeline with a length of about 40 kilometres that will run from the plant to Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam.

The 759 MW Hollandse Kust Noord wind farm will feature 69 Siemens Gamesa 11 MW turbines scheduled to be fully operational in 2023.

The subsidy-free wind farm is being developed by the CrossWind consortium of Shell and Eneco. The wind farm is located 18.5 kilometres off the west coast of the Netherlands near the town of Egmond aan Zee.

Related Article