Gasunie, HES International (HES) and Vopak will be working together to develop an import terminal for green ammonia as a hydrogen carrier.
The cooperation responds to the growing global demand for the import and storage of green energy. This quarter, work will be started on the basic design of the import terminal. The terminal that will operate on the Maasvlakte under the name ACE Terminal will be operational from 2026.
At the intended location on Rotterdam’s Maasvlakte, vessels worldwide can moor to discharge green ammonia and, in the initial phase, possibly also blue ammonia. Use can be made of the existing infrastructure and the logistic facilities of the Port of Rotterdam.
The site offers space for developing an installation for converting ammonia into hydrogen. In the future, this installation will be connected to the national hydrogen network of Gasunie, which can serve the future hydrogen market in Northwestern Europe.
On the Maasvlakte, HES operates a strategic location with quayside capacity and direct access from the sea. Gasunie has an infrastructure of existing storage tanks and a system of pipelines at this location. Vopak, with six ammonia terminals around the world, has extensive experience in the safe storage of ammonia.
A market consultation procedure is soon to be launched, in which interested parties can announce their interest in the supply, storage and transhipment of green ammonia and hydrogen.