Air Products and N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie have broken ground on three new nitrogen plants near Zuidbroek, Groningen, in the Netherlands.

The three plants that will be built by Air Products for Gasunie will produce nitrogen to meet needs of commercial and consumer applications throughout the Netherlandic region.

“Building on the legacy of our relationship with Gasunie, we are proud to have been selected as the technology partner on a project of such strategic importance,” said Dr Samir Serhan, Executive Vice-President at Air Products.

“Air Products world class expertise enables us to provide Gasuine with a plant designed to meet their stringent requirements for safety, reliability, and efficiency.”

The installation of the nitrogen plants will cover approximately 12 hectares and will have a capacity of 180,00m3 of nitrogen per hour – ten times larger than the existing nitrogen plant at Zuidbroek. 

The three plants are due to be operational by mid-2022.

“We are fully committed to helping accelerate the end of gas extraction in Groningen,” said Han Fennema, CEO of Gasunie.

“This installation is thereby a necessary measure to ensure that, from 2022, gas from the Groningen field is no longer needed for security of supply.”