Port of Rotterdam eyes hydrogen imports from Australia’s Queensland

Australia’s Queensland could supply hydrogen in the future to the Dutch Port of Rotterdam, as part of a new deal revealed on Wednesday.

According to a statement on Wednesday, the Queensland government and the Port of Rotterdam signed a memorandum of understanding.

The agreement would see Queensland and the port collaborate on opportunities to develop a hydrogen export supply chain between Queensland hydrogen producers and Rotterdam, the statement said.

The Port of Rotterdam has an ambition to import up to 20 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, starting with imports of ammonia in 2025, it said.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in the statement this agreement was “another ringing endorsement of Queensland’s quest to be a renewable hydrogen super power.”

Earlier this week, the government partnered with Fortescue Future Industries to develop a factory to produce hydrogen electrolyzers west of Gladstone, where the three LNG export plants are located. Also, the government announced plans by the publicly-owned generator CS Energy to build a new hydrogen plant near Chinchilla.

“This is the start of the green industrial revolution and the announcements this week prove that Queensland has what it takes to be a global leader in renewable energy and hydrogen,” Palaszczuk said.

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