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Port of Den Helder supports shipping in the North Sea that is active in offshore energy extraction and generation. In the light of the energy transition, this independent port authority is now also rapidly going green.
Editorial office / Den Helder

This greening of the energy supply involves green electricity, shore power (so that moored ships can switch off their diesel generators) and green hydrogen. Together with ENGIE, the steps have been laid down in an ambition document.

The purchase of 100% green electricity will immediately lead to substantial savings: 9% on energy purchases for 2021 and 29% on energy tax and storage of sustainable energy (ODE). ENGIE has also installed 19 shore power installations. Kees Turnhout, Head of Infrastructure & Space at Port of Den Helder: “These initiatives are welcomed by our customers, who are looking for ways to minimise their CO2 footprint, and by local residents, since quayside electricity leads to significantly less noise and particulate matter emissions.


Port of Den Helder also sees hydrogen as an essential component of a successful energy transition. That is why ENGIE is working with several consortium partners of the Port of Den Helder on a pilot for green hydrogen production and an associated filling station for both road traffic and maritime use. That is unique. The entire chain is involved in this project. The hydrogen, for example, will be generated with local electrolysers that run on Helders’ solar energy. Test vessels will also be running on hydrogen.

More information can be found on the ENGIE website.

Image: Port of Den Helder