Dow, Gasunie and Yara: Joining forces for the climate

Kijk op Yara duurzaamheidsverslag 2017

Saving CO2 through smart collaboration. With this aim in mind, Dow, Gasunie and Yara are working on plans to exchanging hydrogen in the very near future. Together they will save more than five million cubic meters of gas and reduce 10,000 tons of CO2 emissions. The collaboration is part of the Industrial Cooperation for sustainable growth within the Smart Delta Resources platform.

‘That amount is roughly comparable with the electricity generated by ten wind turbines or the heat demand of five thousand inhabitants', says Paul Broekaart of Dow. Together with Rik Lambotte of Yara, he is committed to the so-called Green Deal, 'Hydrogen for the region'. The companies plan to exchange hydrogen via an existing gas transport pipeline. Neighboring company and bromine producer ICL-ICP needs hydrogen for its production process and is therefore also participating.

Smart Delta Resources

The collaboration is part of the Industrial Cooperation for sustainable growth within the Smart Delta Resources platform. In October hydrogen will flow from Dow to Yara, where it will be used in the production processes. Paul: 'It is very special that the chemical industry and a fertilizer manufacturer have joined forces here. The Gasunie, the Province of Zeeland, Terneuzen Municipality, North Sea Port, NV Economische Impuls Zeeland and several ministries in The Hague were also very helpful. The innovative idea came into existence more than five years ago. Legally a lot had to be arranged before Gasunie's gas pipeline could be used for transporting hydrogen. '


At the end of September, both Dow and Yara will supply the pipelines on their plant sites, which are connected to Gasunie's gas pipeline. Rik: 'Around October hydrogen will flow through Dow's pipeline to Yara. Yara will use it directly in the ammonia plant. In addition, it will be examined whether Yara can use more hydrogen by the end of 2020. This will require a purification unit for the hydrogen. '

Green Deal – a brief outline

In Dow’s production process hydrogen is released as a by-product. Dow uses some of the hydrogen as a raw material in its own process, but has a surplus. Yara needs hydrogen for the production of artificial fertilizer. To produce that hydrogen, CO2 is also made. The idea is that Dow supplies the surplus hydrogen to Yara, so that Yara itself does not have to make the additive for the production process. An existing underground gas pipeline from Gasunie serves as a means of transport. The underground transport of hydrogen is sustainable, efficient and safe. Below the line, the companies together ensure that there are far less CO2 emissions. This Green Deal makes a significant contribution to the government's climate agreement and hydrogen plays an important role in this. It can serve both as raw material and as fuel and through innovative solutions contributes to reducing CO2 emissions in the industry.

Sustainability report Yara

This article comes from the sustainability report "Kijk op Yara"(in Dutch). Every year, the company, which has been based in the Ghent-Terneuzen canal zone since 1929, publishes a sustainability magazine that provides an insight into the world of Yara.  Collaboration plays a central role in the magazine. Excellent cooperation projects have been set up, such as the hydrogen exchange with Dow and the European project IMPROVED which involves water reuse. The challenges that Yara will face in the coming period are also discussed in detail. Together with the government, companies, its environment and NGOs, Yara wants to become more sustainable in line with the Climate Agreement. Innovation and cooperation play an important role in continuing sustainable production.

In addition to the future challenges, it is proud to show that a great deal has already been achieved. For example, Yara Sluiskil has managed to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 55% since 1990, while production has increased by 2 million tonnes (+ 70%). This achievement makes it one of the national and European top companies in terms of achieved climate results. Over this period Yara has also managed to reduce nitrogen emissions to the air by as much as 70%, which has a positive effect on nature and the environment. In addition, a new milestone has also been achieved in terms of safety. With the construction of the new Ureum 8 plant, over 2 million hours have been worked without accidents.