Image Credits : Kings William and Philip have visited the facilities of the port of Amsterdam (photo Casa Real)
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Institutional support for the hydrogen corridor between the port of Bilbao and Amsterdam

The development of the hydrogen corridor between the ports of Bilbao and Amsterdam has received institutional support at the highest level from the kings of Spain, Philip, and William of the Netherlands.

This impulse has been made visible in the state trip to the Netherlands of the Spanish monarchs together with a business delegation.

In June of last year, the port of Bilbao and the port of Amsterdam signed a collaboration agreement during the visit of King William, who also visited the facilities of the actors involved, Iberdrola in Puertollano and Cepsa in Algeciras.

In line with this visit, the ports of Bilbao and Amsterdam have held a meeting in which emphasis has been placed on the necessary facilities and infrastructure that both enclaves have for the development of the production, transport and logistics of green hydrogen and its contribution to decarbonization , with an eye toward zero emissions.

The Basque delegation was made up of Andima Ormaetxe , director of operations, commercial, logistics and strategy of the port of Bilbao; the general director of EVE, Iñigo Ansola; the CEO of Petronor, José Ignacio Zudaire; and the general director of Alba-Petronor, Aitor Arzuaga. They have made known the port of Bilbao’s commitment to decarbonization and, specifically, its competitive advantages and the projects it hosts to be an undisputed actor in that corridor.

On the other hand, there were representatives of GasLog, SkyNRG, Evos Amsterdam, Zenith Energy Terminals, Sunoco and KLM, who have addressed the different roles they play in the planned hydrogen supply chain between the north of the Peninsula and the Netherlands. , their expectations and the challenges they face.

Key infrastructures

Kings Philip and William have visited the port of Amsterdam, where accompanied by the Minister of Climate and Energy Policy of the Netherlands, Rob Jetten, they have toured its facilities, the second largest in the Netherlands after the port of Rotterdam, in terms cargo volume, and the fifth largest in Europe.

Also remember that the port of Amsterdam has a direct connection with Schiphol airport, one of the largest airfields in Europe.

After the explanatory session, the visit to the port of Amsterdam focused on two port terminals, which occupy a prominent place in the Dutch hydrogen import ambitions, and delved into three themes that have emerged from all these initiatives.

The first, the development of the Bilbao-Amsterdam intra-European hydrogen corridor that contributes to the energy security promoted by the European Union.

In addition, the viability of the Bilbao-Amsterdam hydrogen corridor was analyzed in the entire chain that goes from the producer of hydrogen and derived fuels ( Petronor ) – export port (Port of Bilbao) – maritime transport (GasLog) – import port ( Port of Amsterdam) – import terminals (Evos and Sunoco) – offtaker (KLM).

The planned hydrogen corridor essentially consists of three logistics routes, one for the transport of hydrogen through LOHC, one for the transport of hydrogen in liquid form and another for the transport of hydrogen-derived fuels.

In the three components of the program, each company has delved into the particularities of its part of the supply chain.

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