Uniper, Vesta to study new green ammonia terminal on Dutch North Sea coast
The port in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. Image by North Sea Port Source: https://www.northseaport.com/
September 13 (Renewables Now) - A unit of German energy company Uniper SE (ETR:UN01) and Dutch Vesta Terminals B.V. will study the feasibility of converting and expanding an existing storage facility in the southwestern Netherlands on the North Sea coast into a green ammonia terminal.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Uniper Global Commodities SE and Vesta Terminals, the two companies said in a joint statement on Monday.
With a current refrigerated storage capacity for ammonia of 60,000 cubic metres, Vesta's facility in the Dutch port municipality of Vlissingen will be able to handle an initial throughput capacity of 0.96 million tonnes per year. As a next step, the throughput capacity of the facility can be nearly doubled to 1.92 million tonnes per year and the terminal will be connected to the Dutch hydrogen pipeline network.
The facility is expected to start operations at the beginning of 2026 and Uniper is planning to book capacity in the terminal to create an entry point into the Northwest European markets for its green ammonia and hydrogen operations.
"We are proud to have achieved another step towards establishing a seaborne green hydrogen product portfolio at Uniper. With access to Vesta’s future terminal we will be able to supply our growing European customer base with green ammonia and green hydrogen products," said Andreas Gemballa, Director LNG and Global Energy Trading at Uniper Global Commodities SE.
The plan for the terminal in the Netherlands comes on top of Uniper's ongoing project for an import terminal for green ammonia in Wilhelmshaven on the German North Sea coast. The energy company aims to turn the site into a climate-friendly energy hub with a 410-MW electrolysis plant and an import terminal.
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