Air Products to Build Carbon Capture Facility for Blue Hydrogen in the Netherlands

Nov. 7, 2023
Company will supply Exxon Mobil's Rotterdam refinery in emissions-reduction partnership

Air Products said Nov. 6 it will build and operate a carbon capture and carbon dioxide treatment facility to supply Exxon Mobil’s Rotterdam, the Netherlands, refinery and other customers with blue hydrogen.

Air Products will build the facility at its existing hydrogen site in Rotterdam, with start-up planned for 2026.

Blue hydrogen is produced using natural gas with carbon capture and storage. The new facility will be connected to the Porthos pipeline off the Port of Rotterdam. Porthos is a consortium developing the first large-scale CO2 transport and storage system in the Netherlands, which recently reached final investment decision approval.

Along with CO2 from other industry in the port, the captured CO2 will be transported to depleted gas fields in the North Sea, nearly 12.5 miles off the coast, where it will be permanently stored at a depth of 2 miles beneath the seabed. Porthos allows Air Products to more than halve its CO2 emissions in the port, the company said.

The project is part of long-term agreements with Exxon Mobil and the Netherlands. “ExxonMobil aims to achieve net-zero Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions from its operated assets by 2050 and we’ve taken a comprehensive approach to create emission-reduction roadmaps for each of our facilities,” said Edward Dekker Kleijn, Rotterdam site manager. 

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