In a significant step towards establishing a green hydrogen chain from Spain to the Netherlands, Iberdrola has signed letters of intent with Hynetwork Services, a subsidiary of Dutch Gasunie, and ACE Terminal.
Iberdrola plans to export green ammonia to the Netherlands and supply it as hydrogen to its European customers through Gasunie’s national hydrogen network. The collaboration aims to facilitate the transportation of green ammonia from Spain to the Netherlands via the planned ACE import terminal at the Port of Rotterdam, where it will be converted into green hydrogen and distributed through Hynetwork Services’ national hydrogen network to customers across Europe.
Iberdrola, in partnership with Cepsa, becomes the second major Spanish energy company to join forces in realizing the hydrogen corridor between northern and southern Europe, utilizing the ACE Terminal import facilities and the Dutch national hydrogen network at the Port of Rotterdam. The ACE terminal will serve as a storage facility for green ammonia, which will then be converted into hydrogen to be fed into Hynetwork Services’ extensive nationwide network. The national hydrogen network of Hynetwork Services connects key industrial regions in the Netherlands and neighboring countries such as Germany and Belgium. This integrated hydrogen transport network also includes connections to large-scale hydrogen storage facilities, domestic production sites, and import terminals at seaports.
The letters of intent were signed during a ceremony held at the Iberdrola hydrogen plant in Puertollano, Spain, in the presence of Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Spanish King Felipe, and Dutch Minister for Energy and Climate, Rob Jetten. Representatives from Gasunie and ACE Terminal also participated in the signing. Rob Jetten emphasized the importance of international cooperation and collaboration in developing the hydrogen market and its infrastructure to achieve climate-neutral energy systems and sustainable industries. He highlighted Spain as a key hydrogen partner for the Netherlands and Europe, with significant opportunities for green hydrogen supply.
Ulco Vermeulen, Executive Board member of Gasunie, highlighted the unique position of the Netherlands as a gateway to northwest Europe for hydrogen. The country’s access to the North Sea, seaports as logistical import hubs, large industrial clusters, and an advanced national hydrogen transport network make it an ideal location for the realization of an international hydrogen chain. Gasunie is committed to contributing to the development of large-scale import, transport, and storage of hydrogen.
This partnership with Iberdrola represents a significant advancement in establishing a hydrogen chain between Spain and the Netherlands, following a previous letter of intent signed with Spain’s Cepsa for the supply of green ammonia.