A plan for green hydrogen has been presented to members of the Dutch Parliament that includes investments of up to €9Bn, that could secure 66,000 existing jobs in areas such as gas infrastructure and mobility and help create 25,000 new jobs by 2030 and 41,000 by 2050
However, the Northern Netherlands Hydrogen Investment Plan developed by regional governments and industry in the northern part of the country will require the Dutch Government to come forward with a plan to significantly accelerate development of new offshore windfarms, where renewable electricity that would form the basis of the green hydrogen plan would be generated.
The plan, supported by industry leaders such as Engie, Equinor, Gasunie, RWE, Shell and Vattenfall, foresees the development of much more offshore wind capacity in Dutch waters, and highlights space for the development of more than 20 GW of offshore wind – potentially for much more – of which 4-6 GW would be dedicated to the production of green hydrogen.
“Planned projects in the North Sea will provide 11 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, after which a further scale-up of between 20 GW to 40 GW will be realised,” the plan said.
The companies and political leaders supporting the plan want to develop a ‘hydrogen valley’ with a fully developed ecosystem for green hydrogen, from production and transmission to its use in industry, mobility and the built environment.
They cite the “unique characteristics of the northern part of the Netherlands” and region’s “great potential for large-scale wind energy.” The gas infrastructure is already in place, they said.
“A decision on the expansion of the Dutch offshore wind target for hydrogen is needed in 2021,” said the authors of the plan, which was unveiled on 30 October 2020.
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