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PORT of Rotterdam and the Queensland government have agreed to terms of a memorandum of understanding for the export of hydrogen to Europe.

The Port of Rotterdam has an ambition to import up to 20 million tonnes of hydrogen by 2050, starting with imports of ammonia in 2025.

The agreement would see Queensland and the Port of Rotterdam collaborate on opportunities to develop a hydrogen export supply chain between Queensland hydrogen producers and Rotterdam.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said after days of exciting hydrogen announcements, this agreement was another endorsement of Queensland’s quest to be a renewable hydrogen superpower.

“This is the start of the green industrial revolution and the announcements this week prove that Queensland has what it takes to be a global leader in renewable energy and hydrogen,” she said.

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Queensland minister for energy, renewables and hydrogen Mick de Brenni said when finalised, the MOU would see Queensland and the Port of Rotterdam collaborate on opportunities to develop a hydrogen export supply chain between Queensland hydrogen producers and Rotterdam.

“We have agreements with our Japanese and [South] Korean partners for hydrogen exports,” he said.

“And we will be able to add Europe’s largest port to that list. Over the coming weeks, the Palaszczuk Government will work with the Port of Rotterdam to finalise this agreement ahead of Cop 26.”

Mr de Brenni said the agreement now needs the Australian government to come to the table and endorse the MOU.

“I look forward to the federal government moving quickly to help us grab hold of yet another great renewable hydrogen opportunity for Queenslanders and the decent, secure jobs it will create across our state,” he said.

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