AUSTRALIA’S Provaris Energy and Global Energy Storage (GES) have entered a collaboration agreement to develop a gaseous hydrogen import facility at the GES terminal in Rotterdam.

The multi-product terminal would be able to import refrigerated ammonia and compressed hydrogen, with redeliveries into barges, rail, truck and the H2 grid (HyNetwork) operated by Dutch energy network operator Gasunie.

GES and Provaris intend to complete a pre-feasibility study looking at the technical and economic viability of berthing and unloading Provaris’ H2Neo compressed hydrogen carriers.

Provaris would be responsible for the transportation of the hydrogen in the H2Neo carriers and GES responsible for the discharge and injection into the hydrogen grid.

“We are delighted to be collaborating with GES on a world-first terminal for bulk scale import of gaseous hydrogen that can accelerate the availability of green molecules for industrial users,” Provaris CEO Martin Carolan said.

“GES has a global network and track record of terminal assets and is demonstrating leadership in the development of a bulk-terminal for hydrogen and derivatives for Europe.

“We look forward to the outcomes of this collaboration which can accelerate the delivery of ambitious import volumes required for the European market and support export projects under development based on the Provaris approach to the simple and energy efficient marine transport.”

GES CEO Peter Vucins welcomed the opportunity to work with Provaris to develop a cost competitive import solution for Rotterdam and European energy customers.

“This collaboration with Provaris showcases the types of partnerships that GES is pursuing to facilitate the energy transition through our contribution with storage and logistics solutions, at Rotterdam as well as other existing and future locations,” he said.

Both parties believe the GES terminal in Rotterdam is an ideal site for bulk scale import of green hydrogen given the early connection to the HyNetwork grid for gaseous supply to industrial users in the Port of Rotterdam and key industrials users in Europe.

Provaris believes its compressed hydrogen supply chain offers a first mover and competitive alternative to chemical carriers from regional supply sources from the Nordic region and extend across the Baltics, North Sea, Iberia and down to North Africa.