Tasmania and Port of Rotterdam Authority ink deal on green H2 exports

The Tasmanian Liberal Government has signed an MOU with the Port of Rotterdam to to investigate the feasibility of future exports of green hydrogen from Bell Bay to the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Tasmania has a goal to produce green hydrogen domestically in the near term and to be an exporter by 2027 and we have already lodged a funding submission for Bell Bay to be a renewable hydrogen hub as part of the Australian Government’s $464 MM regional program.

Tasmania is the only location in Australia currently capable of producing 100% renewable electricity all the time which can be utilized for green hydrogen production. Cooperation with international partners like the Port of Rotterdam helps promote deployment of hydrogen technologies, enhances skills, training and employment opportunities and helps open up future export markets.

The MOU with the Port of Rotterdam follows a recent visit to Northern Tasmania by executives from Woodside Energy and Japan’s giant Marubeni Corporation who are looking at a partnership for green hydrogen production at Bell Bay. 

The Port of Rotterdam is Europe’s largest port with plans to become a major green hydrogen import hub with hydrogen supply chains into North West Europe.

"As Europe’s largest port, we’re looking all over the world for countries and companies that could export green hydrogen on an industrial scale before 2030. Tasmania could very well be one of these," said Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam. "Once we have jointly established the feasibility, the next step would be to get private companies aligned to try to set up trade lanes between Tasmania and Rotterdam."

Like many European countries, the Netherlands is pursuing an ambitious decarbonization agenda, accelerating global demand for secure and clean energy sources such as green hydrogen and the Port of Rotterdam places a high value on Tasmania’s 100% green power and green hydrogen.