Shell set to begin work on Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant


Shell has revealed that a final investment decision (FID) has been taken to build what will be Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen project.

On 6 July, Shell announced that subsidiaries, Shell Nederland and Shell Overseas Investments, had taken the FID to build Holland Hydrogen I which, once becoming operational in 2025, will be Europe’s largest renewable hydrogen plant. The project will see a 200MW electrolyser built on the Tweede Maasvlakte in the port of Rotterdam, producing up to 60,000kg of renewable hydrogen every day.

The electrolyser will be powered by an offshore wind farm – Hollandse Kust (Noord), partly owned by Shell – with the resultant hydrogen produced then supplying the Shell Energy and Chemicals Park in Rotterdam, through the HyTransPort pipeline. This will replace some grey hydrogen usage in the refinery, partly decarbonising the facility’s production of energy products, such as petrol and diesel and jet fuel.