Cepsa and the Port of Rotterdam will create the first green hydrogen supply network between southern and northern Europe, connecting Rotterdam and Algeciras, two of Europe’s major ports.
Through hydrogen carriers like ammonia or methanol, Cepsa intends to transport hydrogen produced at its San Roque Energy Park close to the Bay of Algeciras to the Port of Rotterdam. While the Port of Algeciras is the first in Spain, fourth in Europe, and a crucial commercial route between Europe and Asia, Rotterdam is the most significant energy port in Europe, handling 13% of the continent’s energy consumption. The Port Authority and numerous private businesses operating in the port area are creating the necessary infrastructure and facilities for the import of green hydrogen and its distribution into Northwest Europe by connecting major industrial hubs in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany through hydrogen pipelines, with the support of the Dutch Government and as part of Rotterdam’s Energy Transition plans. The primary energy provider in Algeciras, which is adjacent to Gibraltar, is Cepsa.
In addition to supporting the European Union’s RePower EU strategy, which aims to ensure Europe’s energy independence and security and encourage the production of clean energy, this supply of green fuels will assist in decarbonizing industry and maritime transport in the Bay of Algeciras and Rotterdam. By 2027, the trade channel is anticipated to be operational. A comparable supply chain will be developed by Cepsa out of its La Rábida Energy Park in Huelva.
The Port of Rotterdam is working to set up the infrastructure and facilities for facilitating hydrogen flows by co-developing a number of significant projects with its port community members and connected industrial areas in northwest Europe. Hydrogen is one of the priorities in Rotterdam’s Energy Transition plans. By 2030, it can provide 4.6 million tonnes yearly to northwest Europe in cooperation with exporting nations and the cluster of businesses based at the port, resulting in a 46 million tonnes CO2 reduction.