The Netherlands: Gas Power Statoil is Evaluating Conversion of Natural Gas to Hydrogen

Editor: Alexander Stark

Statoil, Vattenfall and Gasunie have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to evaluate the possibilities of converting Vattenfall’s gas power plant Magnum in the Netherlands into a hydrogen-powered plant.

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Vattenfall’s gas power plant Magnum.
Vattenfall’s gas power plant Magnum.
(Source: Koos Boertjens / Vattenfall)

Magnum/The Netherlands — The potential CO2 emission reduction is four million tons per year, the company claims. The next steps will involve feasibility studies to evaluate the conversion of one of the three Magnum units of Vattenfall Nuon in Eemshaven to run on hydrogen. The units are operated by the company’s Dutch subsidiary. In addition, Gasunie examines which infrastructure for transport and storage is needed.

The scope of the MoU also includes exploring how to design a large-scale value chain where production of hydrogen is combined with CO2 capture, transport and permanent storage as well as considering potential business models.

“We are very excited about getting the opportunity to evaluate the possibilities of converting a gas power plant in to run on hydrogen. We are still in an early phase and like all pioneer projects there are uncertainties that need to be addressed. But the potential CO2 emission reduction is significant”, says Irene Rummelhoff, executive vice president for New Energy Solutions in Statoil.

The results of the feasibility studies will form the basis for a decision on further progress.

The Magnum gas power plant has three combined cycle gas turbines (CCGT) with a capacity of 440 MW each. One CCGT emits approximately 1.3 million tons of CO2 per year.

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