Business Development

Developments in green gas, heat, hydrogen and CCS projects

Our projects to support and accelerate the energy transition are proceeding on track:

  • In Alkmaar, Gasunie New Energy and SCW Systems are working jointly on a plant for supercritical water gasification. This technology is capable of converting dehydrated sewage sludge under high pressure and at high temperatures into green gas.
  • When it comes to heat, we launched a major study into the feasibility and manner of realisation of a large-scale heat infrastructure in Zuid-Holland — the Zuid-Holland Heat Roundabout — in 2017, together with the Port of Rotterdam Authority and a number of other parties.
  • We are working with the Port of Rotterdam Authority and EBN on a project to capture, transport and store CO2 in empty gas fields. The recently-completed study indicates that the capture, transport and storage of CO2 deep below the North Sea is technically feasible, and cost-effective in comparison to other measures that contribute to achievement of the Dutch climate targets. Gasunie contributes its vast experience in gas infrastructure development and gas transport.
  • Last year, Gasunie joined the North Sea Wind Power Hub consortium, whose other members are the companies TenneT (Netherlands and Germany), and the Port Authority  Rotterdam.

These various projects are described in more detail in our 2017 annual report.

German LNG Terminal

Together with the companies Oiltanking and Vopak Holding, Gasunie has established the joint venture “German Terminal GmbH” (GLNG) for the purpose of developing an LNG terminal in northern Germany. This can make a key contribution to the diversification of German energy supply. Germany is working to phase out the use of nuclear energy for its electricity production, and the use of coal (especially brown) is also under pressure. Natural gas is considered a good alternative.

The LNG terminal is expected to be sited in Brunsbüttel, on the Elbe north of Hamburg. The joint venture is now enjoying formal interest from a considerable number of companies. This interest reflects the business potential of the terminal, such as the storage of imported liquefied natural gas, its conversion to gas, and the further distribution in liquid form. The lower environmental impact and stricter regulations governing LNG make it a cleaner alternative fuel for shipping and heavy road transport.