The Port of Belledune’s successful role in the World Hydrogen Summit
in the Netherlands
May 31, 2023 • Andrea Frascione
Director, Marketing and Communications
Together, we seized this opportunity on May 10th as Belledune Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
Not so long ago, many countries were hesitant to even consider wind power as a viable supplement to/replacement for traditional power sources. And yet here we are…talking ammonia and the use of small modular nuclear power to create what’s known in the industry as “purple” hydrogen, as opposed to “blue” hydrogen which stems from gas and “green”, the purest form of all, which is derived from H2O. This is a compound the Maritimes has an abundance of, namely the Port of Belledune site which is ideal not only because of its sheer available land mass and proximity to a large body of water, but also for its ability to easily export the commodity once generated via road, rail and sea. With direct shipping routes to northern Europe of approximately 2,800 nautical miles and a year-round ice-free deepwater terminal, Belledune is an ideal partner for the Port of Rotterdam. And together, we seized this opportunity on May 10th as Belledune Port Authority and the Port of Rotterdam signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).
The Port of Rotterdam is the largest in Europe, with 467.4 million tonnes of cargo handled in 2022. It sees around 30,000 seagoing vessels and 120,000 inland vessels annually. Its 12,600 hectares (or 31,135 acres) of surface area is unrivalled and just last year, the demand for fuel, gas, methanol and light natural gas (LNG) increased by 6.3% over that of 2021. Moreover, the Port of Rotterdam is the world’s most advanced fully automated terminal and we are proud to be associated with it and hope to gain some of its administration’s valuable insights as Belledune expands its operations.
The future is bright, as they say, and smartly powered it shall be! In meeting some key Canadian players from the Atlantic provinces and the Québec coastline, we are cognizant that the race to produce and export hydrogen will likely be one of competition in some cases, yes, but most importantly and unprecedently, it will be a story of attaining a common vision. And the recognition of Belledune as Rotterdam’s partner is the first of many steps along this collaborative, green journey for the future of our planet. New Brunswick’s value as a trade partner is undeniable; we just need to tap into it.