Western Australia, Port of Rotterdam sign MoU on renewable hydrogen
The government of Western Australia (WA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Port of Rotterdam to collaborate on renewable hydrogen, it said on November 30.
The two parties will work together to investigate the renewable hydrogen export supply chain between WA and the Port of Rotterdam, including production, storage, transport and the use of renewable hydrogen.
The state government and the Port of Rotterdam will also collaborate on opportunities for knowledge sharing relating to policy, regulation and technology developments.
WA’s hydrogen industry minister Alannah MacTiernan said the government has already committed A$160mn ($114.4mn) to support the development of a renewable hydrogen industry in the state, including the A$117.5mn announced last week to attract federal funding for renewable hydrogen hubs in the Pilbara and Mid-West.
"Through this MoU, we will gain a better understanding of the hydrogen export supply chain between Western Australia and the Port of Rotterdam, and what we need to do to make sure the state is an exporter of choice for Europe,” MacTiernan said.
Port of Rotterdam CEO Allard Castelein said by 2050, 20mn metric tons of hydrogen will be handled in Rotterdam annually, of which 90% will be through imports.
"Although the distance between Australia and Europe may seem far, the excellent local conditions such as the amount of sunshine, wind, availability of space and investment climate in Western Australia can lead to a competitive hydrogen product delivered to the Northwest European market,” Castelein said.