Global Energy Storage and Provaris Energy Ltd. have forged a collaboration agreement aimed at developing a gaseous hydrogen import facility at the GES terminal situated in Rotterdam.

GES is in the process of establishing a multi-client, multi-product terminal in Rotterdam, designed to accommodate the importation of both refrigerated ammonia and compressed hydrogen. This terminal will enable redeliveries into various modes of transportation, including barges, rail, trucks, and the H2 grid operated by Gasunie.

The collaboration between GES and Provaris entails the completion of a comprehensive pre-feasibility study to showcase the technical and economic feasibility of berthing and unloading Provaris’ H2Neo compressed hydrogen carriers. Additionally, the collaboration involves joint marketing efforts for the proposed facility, with Provaris handling the transportation of hydrogen in the H2Neo carriers, and GES overseeing the discharge and injection into the hydrogen grid.

Both GES and Provaris share the conviction that the GES terminal in Rotterdam presents an optimal location for the bulk-scale import of green hydrogen, particularly due to its early connection to the HyNetwork grid, which facilitates gaseous supply to industrial users in the Port of Rotterdam and key industrial users across Europe. Provaris’ compressed hydrogen supply chain offers a competitive alternative to chemical carriers from regional supply sources, spanning across the Nordic region, the Baltics, the North Sea, Iberia, and extending down to North Africa.

The collaboration underscores the commitment of both companies to advancing an energy-efficient and timely supply of green hydrogen to industrial users in Europe, thereby supporting ambitious decarbonisation goals.

Peter Vucins, CEO of GES, expressed enthusiasm about the collaboration, highlighting its alignment with GES’s commitment to facilitating the energy transition through storage and logistics solutions. Martin Carolan, CEO of Provaris Energy, echoed Vucins’s sentiments, emphasising the potential of the collaboration to accelerate the availability of green molecules for industrial users and support ambitious import volumes required for the European market.

Throughout 2024, GES and Provaris will focus on completing prefeasibility level studies, encompassing various aspects such as jetty facilities, scavenging compression, storage, grid connection, risk and safety assessments, emissions, as well as permitting and environmental considerations.

Provaris has already made significant progress with the H2Neo hydrogen carrier, having obtained design approval for an extensive FEED package in December 2022. Currently, a prototype tank is under construction, with testing underway in Norway to support final construction approval from Class, targeted for mid-2024.

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9th April 2024