NextGen District takes shape with players in green hydrogen and circular water use
Port of Antwerp-Bruges would like to support the transition to a climate-neutral society with NextGen District, a hotspot for the circular economy. The commitment of two new concessionaires, Plug and Ekopak, is another important milestone for this cluster in the heart of the Antwerp site. These pioneers’ projects, a green hydrogen plant and a progressive water plant, make an essential contribution to circularity in the port.
Large-scale green hydrogen production plant
NASDAQ listed Plug has ambitions to become the world’s largest producer of green hydrogen. The location near the largest chemical cluster in Europe combined with the ambition of Port of Antwerp-Bruges to become a major hydrogen hub for Europe were decisive factors when Plug chose NextGen District. The American hydrogen solutions provider has signed a concession agreement for the construction of a green hydrogen production plant. Through a combination of locally produced solar and wind energy and purchased green electricity, it will produce 12,500 tons of liquid and gaseous green hydrogen per year for the European market.
Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug: “Green hydrogen plays a vital role in the transition from the use of fossil fuels to green energy. In addition, the energy crisis in Europe has accelerated the demand for green hydrogen development projects. With this plant we aim to help Port of Antwerp-Bruges become a European hydrogen hub. As Europe struggles with the challenges of climate change and energy security, this plant will provide the necessary naturally generated, carbon-free hydrogen to local markets.”
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