Vopak is preparing for the storage of green ammonia in the Netherlands at its terminal in Vlissingen, with berths, pipeline and infrastructure availability, it said on Tuesday, as it gauges market interest.
Two existing 55,000cbm liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage tanks can be re-purposed for ammonia, the tank storage company said, and it has space available for an ammonia cracker – a plant that can convert ammonia to hydrogen – or other installations.
“The location will be connected to the northwest European hydrogen network, which can be used to supply the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany,” it added.
Vopak Terminal Vlissingen is located in the North Sea Port in the Scheldt-Delta region, which is part of the largest hydrogen cluster in the Benelux, bought together in a cross-border and cross industry collaboration Smart Delta resources.
Vopak is looking into opportunities to import green ammonia from Morocco, Australia and/or the Middle East with several partners, it has said, with the ability to handle ammonia safely at several locations in its global network.
It foresees green ammonia as a carrier for hydrogen and also as a bunker fuel.
The company says on its website that it is pursuing more than ten infrastructure projects and studies on new energies focusing on low-carbon and renewable hydrogen, ammonia, CO2, long duration energy storage like flow batteries, and sustainable feedstocks.
The demand for green ammonia is anticipated to grow with increasingly stringent carbon emission regulations and zero-carbon energy goals globally.
The global green ammonia market is projected to reach over $18bn in terms of revenue by 2031.
Green ammonia is 100% carbon-free and can be made by using hydrogen from water electrolysis and nitrogen separated from the air.