Belgium invests in the fuel of the future
Ten years ago, our country stood out in the field of offshore wind energy. Today, Belgium plans to be a pioneer in the field of renewable hydrogen.
With the goal of becoming a hub for the import and transit of green hydrogen and its derivatives, Belgium is reaffirming its commitment to the fight against global warming and moving closer to its goal of carbon neutrality (2050). In addition to a favourable impact on the distribution of our energy mix, positive consequences are expected for the economy, jobs and our energy independence.
The plan was launched with approval for the creation of the Hydrogen Test Facility, which will allow universities, research centres and companies to test and develop hydrogen-related technologies. This centre will be run by the von Karman Institute and is a step forward for the import of our green hydrogen, which is attracting interest.
Belgium has already signed an agreement with Namibia and Oman. The Sultanate has decided to start using this energy and, in the presence of the Belgian sovereigns, has recently inaugurated the Port of Duqm, intended in particular for the export of this green energy. This port is the result of a partnership between the Omani company ASYAD (Oman Logistic Group) and Consortium Antwerp Port, formed by the Belgian company Deme Concessions and the Port of Antwerp. Deme Concessions is also a partner, together with the Omani energy company OQ, in a future hydrogen production infrastructure linked to the port, called Hyport Duqm. These international agreements are valuable for our country, which wishes to diversify its sources of green hydrogen imports.