King Willem-Alexander marks the start of construction the national hydrogen network
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The construction of the national hydrogen network, which begins in Rotterdam’s port, officially and festively started on 27 October. The presence of King Willem-Alexander, Minister Jetten for Climate and Energy Policy, Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb and the King's Commissioner underlines the significance of this network for the Netherlands.
The network, which is open to all suppliers and buyers of hydrogen, will eventually reach 1,200 kilometres in length and offer five Dutch industrial clusters access to green hydrogen. The Delta Rhine Corridor will also provide a connection to Germany.
The first section of more than 30 kilometres runs from the conversion park on the Maasvlakte to Pernis. The first of four hydrogen plants is currently under construction on the conversion park. This 200MW hydrogen plant, the Holland Hydrogen 1, produces green hydrogen with electricity from wind farms at sea and is expected to transport the first green hydrogen to Pernis in 2025.
The large-scale storage capabilities provide the hydrogen network with additional flexibility in the supply of green energy. The network also promotes the development of the Netherlands as a European energy hub for hydrogen and the growth of the international hydrogen market. Furthermore, it contributes to European energy independence.