ExxonMobil's Rotterdam Refinery to Add Blue Hydrogen  - Smart Energy Decisions

Industrial, Sourcing Renewables  -  November 6, 2023

ExxonMobil's Rotterdam Refinery to Add Blue Hydrogen 

ExxonMobil's (Esso) Rotterdam refinery in the Netherlands will deploy blue hydrogen starting in 2026.

Air Products announced it will build, own and operate a state-of-the-art carbon capture and carbon dioxide (CO2) treatment facility at its existing hydrogen production plant in Rotterdam.

The resulting "blue" hydrogen product will serve ExxonMobil and additional customers via Air Products' hydrogen pipeline network system. The facility is expected to be on-stream in 2026.

The carbon capture retrofit will capture CO2 from Air Products' existing hydrogen plant and ExxonMobil's Rotterdam refinery. The plant will be connected to the Porthos system, a consortium developing the first large-scale CO2 transport and storage system in the Netherlands which recently reached final investment decision approval. 

Along with CO2 from other industries in the port of Rotterdam, the captured CO2 will be transported to depleted gas fields in the North Sea, approximately 20 kilometers off the coast, where it will be permanently stored at a depth of more than three kilometers beneath the seabed.

The project is being undertaken as part of long-term agreements with ExxonMobil and the Dutch State. 

Porthos allows Air Products to more than halve its CO2 emissions in the port of Rotterdam.  

"ExxonMobil aims to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from its operated assets by 2050 and we've taken a comprehensive approach to create emission-reduction roadmaps for each of our facilities," said Edward Dekker Kleijn, Rotterdam Site Manager in a statement. "We are pleased to build on our collaboration with Air Products to lower our environmental footprint. Carbon Capture and Storage is one of the critical technologies required to achieve the climate goals. This project is a great example of how industry works together to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the Rotterdam port area."


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