Shell will construct Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam. The 200MW electrolyser will produce up to 60,000 kilograms of renewable hydrogen per day. The renewable power for the electrolyser will come from offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust (noord), which is partly owned by Shell.
The renewable hydrogen produced will supply the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam, by way of the HyTransPort pipeline, where it will replace some of the grey hydrogen usage in the refinery. This will partially decarbonise the facility’s production of energy products like petrol and diesel and jet fuel. As heavy-duty trucks are coming to market and refuelling networks grow, renewable hydrogen supply can also be directed toward these to help in decarbonising commercial road transport
Bilfinger Tebodin has been commissioned by Shell to handle the environmental and building permits required for this plant.
“We are proud to have successfully completed the permitting for Shell and their new renewable hydrogen plant,” says Monique Overbosch, Director Consultancy at Bilfinger Tebodin. “This project fits our strategy to create a sustainable and futureproof industry and we are happy to support Shell in their ambition to help build a global hydrogen economy by developing opportunities in the production, storage, transport, and delivery of hydrogen to end customers.”
The permitting process started at the end of 2020. Some changes to the design required our consultants to review the permit application and work closely together with the client and other involved parties to solve some noise emission challenges. In the end, we found a solution to reduce the impact of noise emissions on the environment so both the environmental permit and building permit could be issued.
Besides this project, we are supporting Shell with consultancy and engineering for a number of other hydrogen related projects.