Colruyt and Fluxys aim to invest up to €35 million in a hydrogen plant in Zeebrugge, according to a report in Thursday’s issue of De Tijd, confirmed by both the supermarket chain and the gas company.
They plan to start producing green hydrogen, an alternative to natural gas, by 2023 under their joint Hyoffwind Project.
According to Colruyt subsidiary Eoly, Parkwind and Fluxys, the result of the project’s feasibility study is positive and the consortium is launching an appeal for bids for the construction of the plant.
The partners hope to make a final investment decision by the end of Summer. If everything goes according to plan, work on the building should begin next year and the plant should be commissioned by 2023.
Existing natural gas installations can be used to transport and stock green hydrogen, which will allow renewable energy to be stocked on a seasonal basis in future. At the same time, natural gas used as an energy source for heating, mobility and industry will be decarbonised and more sustainable.
Additionally, green hydrogen, as decarbonised energy or as a raw material, can be used in mobility, logistics and industry, for example in the chemical and metallurgy sectors.