Driving Europe’s hydrogen strategy: Fluxys and Advario join forces to develop a green ammonia import terminal at the port of Antwerp-Bruges

Fluxys, Advario Stolthaven Antwerp and Advario Gas Terminal have joined forces to study the feasibility of building a green ammonia import terminal with free access to the port of Antwerp-Bruges. The aim is to offer the market a robust response to its growing demands for the import and storage of green energy and raw materials in a context of ongoing decarbonisation.

Optimal terminalling infrastructure for ammonia

By combining their strengths and expertise in logistics, terminalling and pipeline transport, Fluxys, Advario Stolthaven Antwerp (a 50-50 joint venture with Stolthaven Terminals) and Advario Gas Terminal want to determine the optimal ammonia terminalling solution for northwestern Europe. Their objective is to make the terminal operational in 2027. Fluxys and the Advario terminals are now committed to major industrial operators and energy suppliers to present their project.

Ideally located in the heart of Europe, at the Belgian port of Antwerp-Bruges, the future terminal will offer multimodal ammonia storage and emission solutions (train, truck, barge and possibly ammonia pipelines connected to sites local industrialists), while possibly offering facilities to convert the ammonia back into hydrogen. The terminal will also be connected to the free-access hydrogen network of Fluxys to ensure the supply of all of North-Western Europe.

European hub

The ammonia import terminal fits perfectly into the partners’ strategy for the implementation of the European hydrogen strategy and the REPowerEU plan by providing decarbonisation infrastructure and making Belgium a European hub for the import and export of molecules essential to a carbon-neutral economy. REPowerEU has set itself a target of 20 million tonnes of green hydrogen consumption by 2030, of which a fifth should be covered by ammonia imports.

Pascal De Buck, CEO Fluxys: “We are delighted to launch this green ammonia import terminal project with our partners Advario. Combining and leveraging our expertise in terminalling and technology will allow us to accelerate the development of key solutions for the import of low-carbon energy and raw materials Fluxys aims to be a driver of decarbonisation and this project is a landmark undertaking to help build the infrastructure needed to transport the molecules needed for a carbon-neutral society .”

Bas Verkooijen, CEO of Advario: “With Stolthaven Terminals, our long-standing partner in Antwerp, we are very pleased with this partnership with Fluxys. This new relationship consists of combining our strengths, our know-how and our experience to develop the logistics infrastructure necessary to accelerate energy transition partners, we are strongly united by our common vision of playing a leading role in the fight against climate change.”

Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO Port of Antwerp-Bruges: “The port of Antwerp-Bruges is ready to receive sustainable molecules. As ammonia is one of the most efficient carriers of hydrogen known, it will play a crucial role in the energy transition. The collaboration between Fluxys and Advario and the joint development of a green ammonia import terminal fully contributes to this objective. This is again an important step in the energy transition and in achieving a climate-neutral industry in our port.”

Why import green ammonia?

Ammonia is a key factor in the decarbonisation of Europe and its import is an efficient way to bring large quantities of green energy and raw materials from overseas, where the abundance of solar energy and wind turbine can be used to make hydrogen (H2), which can then be combined with nitrogen (N2) air to produce ammonia.

  • Ammonia is a carbon-free molecule that is much more efficient and cheaper than hydrogen for storing and transporting large volumes due to its higher energy density.

  • At the port of destination, ammonia can be used as a raw material in the production of, for example, fertilizers, thus contributing to the global food supply and playing a key role in our daily lives.

  • It can also be used directly as a sustainable fuel in the shipping industry. Plus, it can be converted back into green hydrogen, which in turn can power turbines, fuel cells and engines – all without any direct CO.2 emissions. In other words, ammonia will help decarbonize industrial processes in a cost-effective way. As a sustainable energy source, it can help Europe diversify its energy supply and reduce its carbon emissions.

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