Air Liquide Green Hydrogen Project
Air Liquide’s Green Hydrogen Project is part of the new hydrogen production facility in Rozenburg, which has been built carbon capture ready. Air Liquide is currently evaluating installation of a capture plant.
The proposed pre-combustion capture plant would transport the captured CO2 by a pipeline to the proposed CO2 Hub at the Second Maasvlakte. At the Hub, the gas would be liquefied, temporarily stored and subsequently transported by ship to the Danish Continental Shelf.
Air Liquide is currently investigating, together with Maersk Oil, the possibility of permanently storing the captured CO2 in mature Danish oil fields, in combination with enhanced oil recovery. The project is estimating start-up of the capture plant by 2017, at a capacity of up to 0.55 Mtpa.
The Green Hydrogen Project is an innovative project, both in terms of the method used to capture and liquefy CO2 and in terms of the CO2 Hub concept, known as Rotterdam Cintra (‘Carbon in Transport’). Cintra is being developed by Air Liquide in conjunction with Vopak (for temporary storage), Anthony Veder (for transport by ship), and Gasunie (for pipe infrastructure). Stedin, in partnership with the Port of Rotterdam, handles the transport of CO2 in the Rotterdam port area.
In April 2013 media sources suggested that the project was put on hold due to lack of funding from the Dutch government and the EU. This is yet to be confirmed.
The Air Liquide project applied for funding from NER300, and was submitted to the European Investment Bank by the Dutch Government on 9 May 2011. In July 2012, the project made the interim shortlist for the fund, ranked third most likely CCS bid to be awarded funding. It was effectively withdrawn in late 2012 when the Dutch government was unable to confirm co-funding of €90 million, as had originally been expected. The cost of the hydrogen plant will be 160 mill Euros. The cost of the capture unit is currently unknown.