Green Ammonia Import Terminal for Rotterdam (Gasunie, HES International and Vopak)
04.18.2022 By Ricardo Perez - NEWS

April 18, 2022 [World Cargo News] – Gasunie, HES International and Vopak will jointly develp an import terminal at Maasvlakte 1, to be known as ACE Terminal, with start-up slated for 2026


Green ammonia is widely seen as a promising bunker fuel, as it is more hydrogen-dense than green hydrogen on its own. Green hydrogen is seen as an essential element of the future renewable energy mix. Demand for green hydrogen is growing in the energy sector, the transport sector and the petrochemical industry, both in the Netherlands and Germany.

An import terminal for green ammonia will make a vital contribution to the import of hydrogen, an essential link in the hydrogen chain, alongside hydrogen production, transport and storage. A reliable logistic chain is essential for developing the market for green hydrogen and for achieving the climate goals for 2030 and 2050.

In addition to the production of green hydrogen in the Netherlands, there will also be demand in Northwestern Europe for the large-scale import of green hydrogen, in order to meet future demand. Green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier will play a vital role.

Reacting green hydrogen with nitrogen forms green ammonia, allowing the hydrogen to be efficiently and safely transported in large volumes. The ammonia can then be stored and converted again to green hydrogen. Green ammonia is also immediately usable as CO2-free fuel for example for shipping or as a raw material for example for the production of fertiliser.

ACE terminal, which will sit alongside the EMO bulk terminal complex on the Mississippihaven, will initially use Gasunie’s existing tank storage capacity of the natural gas peak shaving terminal operated by Gasunie.

A new quay wall will be built on the undeveloped bank at the easternmost end of EMO’s deep sea quay wall. EMO stores dry bulk in the open here, but that is unlikely to be affected as the ammonia pipelines are most likely to run alongside those of Gasunie’s natural gas jetty.

Furthermore, the schematic released by the parties suggests that more tank storage capacity will arise inside the LNG facility’s existing boundaries.

Transfer of the waterfront stretch concession is easy as EMO is part of HES international. The new quay wall will be able to accommodate the largest gas carriers.

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