Gasunie hydrogen pipeline connects Dow with Yara

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Gasunie hydrogen pipeline connects Dow with Yara

  • Agreements signed for the realization of hydrogen pipeline arising from the Green Deal ‘Hydrogen for the region’ 
  • Exchange of hydrogen for industrial use between Dow Benelux and Yara via Gasunie transport pipeline
  • In addition to energy gain, the hydrogen pipeline will deliver a CO2 saving of 10,000 tons
  • Successful Industrial Cooperation for Sustainable Growth within Smart Delta Resources platform

Dow BeneluxYara and Gasunie have signed agreements in the Industrial Museum in Sas van Gent for the realization of the Green Deal ‘Hydrogen for the region’. Together with the Green-deal partner ICL-IPthe three parties plan to exchange hydrogen for industrial use via a gas transport pipeline that is no longer in use. The underground transport via the gas network ensures an efficient and safe transport of hydrogen. The collaboration is part of the Industrial Cooperation for sustainable growth within the Smart Delta Resources platform, which is facilitated by the Zeeland development company Impuls.


The agreements between DowYara and Gasunie is the first step towards the realization of the hydrogen pipeline between Dow in Terneuzen and Yara in Sluiskil. Once the necessary permits have been obtained, the conversion of the gas transport pipeline and the connections of Dow and Yara can start. It is expected that work will commence in May and that the pipeline will be used to transport hydrogen in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Decline in energy consumption and CO2 saving 

The hydrogen released by Dow crackers is used as a raw material for high-quality Yara products. This will result in an initial decrease in energy consumption of 0.15 PJ per year. In addition, it will produce a CO2 saving of 10,000 tons.

Achieving CO2 reduction targets 


Gerard van Pijkeren, director of Gasunie Waterstof Services/Hydrogen Services:

"It is a major challenge for the industry to realize the government targets for CO2 reduction. Hydrogen plays a crucial role here. It can serve both as raw material and as fuel and contributes to reducing CO2 emissions in the industry. The government wants CO2 emissions in the Netherlands to be 49% lower by 2030 than in 1990. If we want to have sufficient hydrogen by 2030, we now have to take steps to scale up production, as well as set up an extensive hydrogen transport network."

Anton van Beek, President Dow Benelux: 

"This is an important step in a special project where several companies have joined forces to jointly contribute to the global climate challenge. The chemical industry plays a key role in tackling CO2 emissions and we are working together with other industries to transform to a sustainable society. "

Michael Schlaug, President and Plant Manager of Yara Sluiskil:

“This residual hydrogen project is another step towards realizing our ambition for a zero-emission plant. Since 2005, Yara has reduced the greenhouse gas emissions of its largest production plant by 60%. While increasing our production by 1.5 million tons in the same period. After we reached the limits of energy efficiency inside our fence, we went outside the fence to achieve our ambition. Another good example is our 'WarmCO project' where we supply heat and CO2 to greenhouse horticulture.”

About Gasunie Waterstof Services/ Hydrogen Services 

Gasunie Hydrogen Services (GWS) manages a hydrogen pipeline in Zeeland and, from the fourth quarter of 2018, will be responsible for the transport of hydrogen between Dow in Terneuzen and Yara in Sluiskil. GWS is a subsidiary of N.V. Nederlandse Gasunie. GWS was founded on the desire to contribute to the acceleration of the energy transition. The hydrogen pipeline in Zeeland is the first infrastructure to be managed by GWS.

About Dow Benelux 

Dow's integrated, market-driven portfolio of specialty chemicals, advanced materials and plastics are leaders in the industry. They offer technology-based products and solutions for customers in about 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agricultural products. Dow has seven different branches in the Benelux. The location in Terneuzen is Dow’s second largest production site in the world.

About Yara 

Yara is a Norwegian listed company that has been active since 1905 and now has offices in more than 50 countries. Yara's products, consisting of nitrogenous mineral fertilizers and industrial chemicals, are sold in more than 160 countries and contribute to the production of sufficient healthy and safe food for everyone and a clean environment. Yara's mission is to "Responsibly feed the world and protect the planet". Safety is a top priority.

About ICL-IP 

ICL is a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals in three markets: agriculture, food and engineered materials. ICL has its own raw material reserves in China, Israel, Spain and the United Kingdom and then converts these minerals into a wide range of products in factories all over the world. ICL produces one third of all bromine in the world, is the fifth largest producer of potassium and one of the largest suppliers of phosphoric acid. ICL is also one of the largest manufacturers of fertilizers and flame retardants in the world. ICL has a worldwide network of factories and offices in more than 30 countries, spread over 5 continents, employing a total of around 13,000 people.

About Smart Delta Resources (SDR) 

SDR is a joint venture between eleven energy and raw material intensive companies in the southwestern delta region. SDR wants to contribute to a strong and sustainable industry through cross-sectoral energy and raw material concepts in the regional process industry. An industry that progresses towards a future in which the dependence on fossil energy and scarce raw materials continues to decline. The platform is actively supported by the Province of ZeelandNorth Seaport and NV Economische Impuls Zeeland as a facilitator.