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Equinor in the Netherlands

The Netherlands has ambitious climate targets, with policies aiming for a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. At the same time, energy security and reduced energy dependence are high on the Dutch agenda.

We believe it is essential to develop a decarbonised energy system for Europe that creates jobs, stimulates industry and ensures value creation – as well as providing energy for people and society.

As a broad energy company, we believe our offering of energy sources and solutions can contribute to energy security and decarbonisation of the Netherlands.

Equinor and Linde sign agreement on H2M Eemshaven hydrogen project

Equinor and Linde have signed a project development agreement to develop the H2M Eemshaven low carbon hydrogen project in the Netherlands as partners.

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Dudgeon wind farm

Welcome to Equinor

Equinor is an international energy company, the largest supplier of gas to Europe and a pioneer in offshore wind power. We are investing in many renewables projects worldwide – including offshore wind farms and projects in Great Britain, Poland, Germany, the USA and South Korea, as well as solar power in Argentina.

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The Norwegian provider of energy to Europe

Norway is the largest natural gas supplier to Europe, and Norwegian gas has the lowest carbon footprint compared with other gas supply alternatives. Low carbon hydrogen and renewable hydrogen will reduce carbon emissions significantly and we are supporting Dutch industry with carbon capture transport and storage solutions.

Equinor has been an important energy provider to the Netherlands for many years, in particular with natural gas, and we have a had presence in the Netherlands from the late 1990s when we held an ownership share in a local refinery.

Our Dutch office is in Rotterdam and we are continuously increasing our presence. Here, we are developing renewables projects, including offshore wind, and the team also owns and supports several international projects.

Dudgeon offshore wind farm

A leading player in offshore wind

Wind power is a key enabler in the world’s energy transition, and we are among the top global players in offshore wind, drawing on our extensive offshore experience. We have wind farms or involvement in projects in the UK, the US, Baltic Sea, France, Germany and South Korea.

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Offshore wind in the Netherlands

Offshore wind will be the key driver for the energy transition in the Netherlands.

Although we don't yet have operational offshore wind farms in the Netherlands, we already supply Europe with enough electricity from renewable offshore wind to power the equivalent of one million homes, and we continue to expand.

We are a global leader in offshore wind, with wind farms and projects in the US, Germany, Scotland, Poland, South Korea and the UK, and a strong presence in the North Sea.

The continuous long-term plan for offshore wind projects in the Dutch North Sea represents an attractive opportunity to increase our presence as a flexible energy provider in the Dutch market and provider of homegrown renewable power to the Netherlands.

We believe close collaboration and dialogue with authorities, local stakeholders and scientific communities are key factors in successfully developing offshore wind in a sustainable manner.

Hydrogen plant

Hydrogen

As an effective and environmentally-friendly energy carrier, hydrogen will make a key contribution to sustainable development of energy and the energy transition. Here’s what Equinor is doing in this exciting field.

Equinor and hydrogen

Hydrogen

We have an ambition to take a leading role in the emerging hydrogen market with emphasis on northwestern Europe and a role as market architect, targeting 10% clean hydrogen market share across 3 — 5 industrial hubs by 2035.

Renewable-based hydrogen and derivates will be an important route to market for renewables and drive a significant step up in renewables deployment

We believe low carbon and renewable-based hydrogen will need to be developed in parallel at different speeds in different markets.


NortH2
We are today partner in NortH2 in Netherlands — an international consortium investigating the feasibility of large-scale production, storage and transmission of green hydrogen.

NortH2 can make a significant contribution to both the objectives of the Dutch climate agreement and the even more ambitious European hydrogen targets.


The H2M Eemshaven project
Equinor is developing H2M Eemshaven, a low-carbon hydrogen project, with the aim of building a production facility in the Eemshaven industrial area, where it will reform natural gas from the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS) to hydrogen.

More than 95 % of the CO2 will be captured and then transported and permanently stored safely in reservoirs below the seabed of the Norwegian continental shelf.

With a planned production capacity of 1 GW (210,000 tons decarbonised hydrogen), H2M Eemshaven is well placed to serve potential customers in large industry clusters both in the Netherlands and in Germany. Industries that could benefit from such a supply are typically steel production, chemical industries and power production.

In January 2024, Equinor and Linde signed a project development agreement to develop the H2M Eemshaven low carbon hydrogen project. See below.

Artists impression: Equinor

Equinor and Linde sign agreement on H2M Eemshaven hydrogen project

January 8, 2024: Equinor and Linde have signed a project development agreement to develop the H2M Eemshaven low carbon hydrogen project in the Netherlands as partners.

Equinor will secure access to carbon transport and storage capacity and offer low carbon hydrogen to the market. Linde will build, co-own and operate the hydrogen production and carbon capture and transfer facility.

The aim is to build a facility in the Eemshaven industrial area to reform natural gas from the Norwegian continental shelf to low-carbon hydrogen with CO2 capture and storage (CCS). More than 95 percent of the CO2 will be captured and stored safely and permanently under the seabed offshore Norway. The aim is to start production in 2029 and the hydrogen plant will be connected to onshore hydrogen pipelines planned in both the Netherlands and Germany.

Together we can produce low carbon hydrogen to ensure reliable and clean energy to Europe. We look forward to developing this important project together with Linde.

Grete TveitSenior vice president for low carbon solutions in Equinor

“The H2M Eemshaven project is part of our strategy to develop hydrogen production in three to five major industrial clusters in Europe by 2035. Linde’s experience with the safe development, execution and operation of hydrogen and carbon capture plants complements Equinor’s experience and competence within energy marketing and CCS.Together we can produce low carbon hydrogen to ensure reliable and clean energy to Europe. We look forward to developing this important project together with Linde” says Grete Tveit, senior vice president for low carbon solutions in Equinor.

“The transition to a low-carbon economy is steadily gaining momentum,” said Stefano Innocenzi, President Region Europe West, Linde. “We look forward to working with Equinor and contributing Linde’s technology and expertise to develop this flagship project."

About Linde:


Linde is a leading global industrial gases and engineering company with 2022 sales of $33 billion. We live our mission of making our world more productive every day by providing high-quality solutions, technologies and services which are making our customers more successful and helping to sustain, decarbonize and protect our planet. The company serves a variety of end markets such as chemicals & energy, food & beverage, electronics, healthcare, manufacturing, metals and mining. Linde's industrial gases and technologies are used in countless applications including production of clean hydrogen and carbon capture systems critical to the energy transition, life-saving medical oxygen and high-purity & specialty gases for electronics. Linde also delivers state-of-the-art gas processing solutions to support customer expansion, efficiency improvements and emissions reductions.