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12 Apr 2024

Global Energy Storage and Provaris Energy to develop hydrogen and ammonia import facility in Rotterdam

Global Energy Storage and Provaris Energy to develop hydrogen and ammonia import facility in Rotterdam

Global Energy Storage (GES) and Provaris Energy recently set up a collaboration agreement, which will focus on the two companies developing a hydrogen import facility. This new facility will be based at the Port of Rotterdam, specifically at GES’ multi-product terminal.

The chosen facility was picked, because it is able to have both compressed gaseous hydrogen and refrigerated ammonia imported to it. These imports also include the possibility for the company to have redeliveries into barges, rails and trucks.

Before this terminal can be developed, GES and Provaris Energy will perform a comprehensive prefeasibility study. This study will allow the companies to evaluate the economic viability, as well as the unloading ability of Provaris’s H2Neo carriers for compressed hydrogen.

Along with the prefeasibility study, during 2024 other studies will be carried out. These other studies will predominantly focus on twin jetty facilities. These facilities will be utilised for discharging the H2Neo carrier, plus scavenging compression, storage, risk and safety, emissions and other environmental considerations and finally, H2 grid connection.

The work for this project began a while ago and it was back in March of 2024 that the company started the fabrication process of its prototype 250 bar hydrogen storage tank. This tank has been proven capable of holding 650kg of hydrogen.

This project has a significant amount of potential and it has also been suggested that the imported hydrogen and ammonia could possibly be redelivered to the HyNetwork (H2 grid) which is operated by Gasunie. This could occur as both GES and Provaris Energy agree that Rotterdam is an excellent site, which is perfect for connecting to the grid. Both companies have agreed that it would be possible to supply gaseous hydrogen to the port and throughout Europe.

Provaris Energy has said their ‘compressed hydrogen supply chain will offer a first mover and competitive alternative to chemical carriers from regional supply sources in the Nordic regions that can extend across the Baltics, North Sea, Iberia and North Africa.’

GES’ CEO, Peter Vucins, commented, “This collaboration with Provaris showcases the types of partnerships that GES is pursuing to facilitate the energy transition through our collaboration with storage and logistics solutions, at Rotterdam as well as other existing and future locations.”

Provaris’ CEO, Martin Carolan, mentioned, “GES has a global network and track record of terminal assets and is demonstrating leadership in the development of a bulk terminal for hydrogen and derivatives for Europe.”


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