In Antwerp, Fluxys is taking a major step forward in developing an open-access hydrogen network.
Chemicals company INEOS Olefins Belgium is the first industrial player to take part in the feasibility study on the development and construction of the network.
As a potential buyer of 100k tonnes/year of hydrogen, the INEOS Olefins Belgium connection will be crucial in determining the size of the network in the Antwerp port area and will help drive the development of the hydrogen market.
This collaborative effort is the result of Fluxys’ market consultation launched last year with a view to ensuring a match between hydrogen supply and demand in Belgian industrial zones.
Raphaël De Winter, Director of Business Development & Innovation at Fluxys, said, “We at Fluxys are going all out to help quickly develop a well-functioning hydrogen market. This requires an open-access network to which everyone can connect on an equal footing, so that supply and demand can easily and smoothly find each other.”
Fluxys is working with infrastructure proposals in the various industrial zones in Belgium, building connections between zones and with neighbouring countries, and working on import options. In Antwerp the interest shown by INEOS Olefins Belgium is a major step forward in the development of the infrastructure that industry needs.
With the interest of all companies involved, Fluxys will complete its network studies in Antwerp in early 2023 and sign contracts in the first half of 2023 so it can start building.