Air Products announces plans to build Europe’s largest blue hydrogen plant


Air Products has unveiled plans to build and operate a carbon capture and carbon dioxide (CO2) treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production site in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

The facility, set to commence operations in 2026, will produce ‘blue’ hydrogen for ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery and other clients through Air Products’ hydrogen pipeline network. Once operational, it will be Europe’s largest blue hydrogen plant.

This carbon capture retrofit is designed to capture CO2 emissions from both Air Products’ hydrogen plant and ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery. It will be integrated into the Porthos system, a consortium responsible for creating the Netherlands’ first large-scale CO2 transport and storage system, which recently received final investment approval. 

The captured CO2, along with CO2 from other industries in the Rotterdam port, will be transported to depleted gas fields in the North Sea, 20 kilometres off the coast, and stored more than three kilometres beneath the seabed.

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