German steelmaker thyssenkrupp Steel, HKM and Port of Rotterdam are jointly investigating setting up international hydrogen supply chains.

Thyssenkrupp Steel and HKM will require large and increasing quantities of hydrogen to produce steel without coal. For decades, both companies have been importing coal, iron ore and other raw materials via their own terminal in Rotterdam, using inland barges as well as rail to transport it to their blast furnaces in Duisburg.

Together, they will explore hydrogen import opportunities via Rotterdam as well as a possible pipeline corridor between Rotterdam and their steel sites in Duisburg. The partnership may serve as a framework for additional initiatives and aims at supporting existing initiatives and projects the partners are involved in.

"The Port of Rotterdam is already investigating the import of hydrogen from a large number of countries and regions all over the world."

ThyssenKrupp Steel

The Port of Rotterdam is already investigating the import of hydrogen from a large number of countries and regions all over the world. Green hydrogen is a sustainable alternative to coal, oil and natural gas. Vast imports of hydrogen are necessary if Europe and Germany want to reduce CO2 emissions and become climate-neutral by 2050, while maintaining its strong industrial backbone. Rotterdam is also setting up a carbon transport and storage system, Porthos, which is also being considered as a CO2 storage site for the production of blue hydrogen by the “H2morrow steel” project, which includes thyssenkrupp Steel as partner as well.

"Vast imports of hydrogen are necessary if Europe and Germany want to reduce CO2 emissions and become climate-neutral by 2050, while maintaining its strong industrial backbone."

ThyssenKrupp Steel

The three partners agree that new, cross-border infrastructure is required to support the energy transition, especially additional pipeline structure. A concrete and significant demand for hydrogen from the steel industry as an alternative to coal as well as options to store CO2 can work as a stimulus for the realization of this infrastructure. The co-operation between Rotterdam as Europe’s largest port and Duisburg as Europe’s largest steel site can have a signaling effect to establish supply chains for the energy transition, building an important sustainable European industry and logistics cluster.