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AT THE HEART OF EUROPEAN PROJECTS

European countries are structuring themselves in order to develop a hydrogen sector.

  • 23 European companies in the gas infrastructure sector including GRTgaz and Fluxys have developed the concept of a European hydrogen transport backbone.
  • Named the “European Hydrogen Backbone”, it is a hydrogen transport network with a dedicated pipeline, largely reusing existing gas infrastructures throughout more than 21 European countries.
  • Thanks to these infrastructures, a truly integrated hydrogen market will ensure competitive prices and a secure supply, thereby guaranteeing that converting to hydrogen remains relevant for industrialists.

>> Because of its exceptional cross-border location close to these infrastructures, Dunkirk will be connected to the European Hydrogen Backbone.

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DUNKIRK IS ABOUT TO BECOME THE FIRST HYDROGEN HUB IN FRANCE.

Dunkirk is home to the low carbon hydrogen production sector.  

Today, the territory is deemed the vital link in the development of the French hydrogen sector, since on the industrial-port platform we find:  

  • Industrialists seeking decarbonisation solutions
  •  Co-product resources that can be recovered 
  • Simple and safe access to low carbon energy
  • Existing high-quality infrastructures and ambitious upcoming projects designed to host the H2 sector.  
Find out how Dunkirk has become France’s first hydrogen hub!
150 KT

per year of green hydrogen will be necessary to decarbonise Dunkirk’s industry

13.7 MT

per year of CO2 emissions will be avoided by 2050 thanks to the roll-out of CO2 and H2 Hubs in Dunkirk

3 BN

euro investment will be required to decarbonise the Dunkirk industrial basin between 2021 and 2030

+ 10,000

jobs will be created because of the decarbonisation of processes and the H2 sector roll-out    

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DISCOVER SOME OF DUNKIRK’S CURRENT AND UPCOMING H2 SECTOR PROJECTS

Green H2 production – H2V59

The H2V59 hydrogen production site located in Loon-Plage will produce almost 28,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year by 2024-2025 thanks to the electrolysis of water. This will represent almost 3% of French production and will help avoid the annual emission of 280,000 tonnes of CO2, or the equivalent of 160,000 cars. An extension is planned by 2028. 

Direct Reduced Iron Project: ArcelorMittal

ArcelorMittal will produce low-carbon steel on its Dunkirk site by combining DRI and submerged arc furnace technologies. AirLiquide will provide support and expertise by supplying massive amounts of low-carbon hydrogen and rolling out CO2 capture technologies on site.

REUZE Project – Engie

ENGIE and Infinium, a company specialising in ultra-low-carbon fuel technologies, have entered into a partnership to produce synthetic fuels from the recovered CO2 emitted by ArcelorMittal in Dunkirk. This partnership will enable 300,000 tonnes of CO2 to be captured on the ArcelorMittal site.  Combined with the green hydrogen produced by a 400 MW electrolyser installed by ENGIE, the company will be able to produce fuel for sectors that are difficult to decarbonise, such as air and sea transport. Production is due to begin in 2026.

D’Artagnan – AirLiquide

The D’Artagnan project involves rolling out a full Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) chain which will connect Dunkirk’s main industrial emitters and its hinterland to CO2 storage areas being developed in the North Sea for permanent CO2 sequestration.

FINANCIAL AID APLENTY

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European Union

The EU has allocated a budget of 95.5 billion euros to the “Horizon Europe” plan, for research and innovation in the field of energy and climate-related activities. There are other specific packages to complement it.  

MORE INFO ON EU FUNDING
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The French State

France 2030 is a major French State investment plan with a total budget of 30 billion euros, including 8 billion for energy and 4 billion for the “transport of the future”.

ALL ABOUT FRANCE 2030
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The Hauts-de-France region

The Third Industrial Revolution in the Hauts-De-France region (Rev3) has an investment fund of 1.3 billion euros used to sustain efforts to strengthen the sustainable economy.

ALL ABOUT REV3
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Greater Dunkirk Urban Council

The Greater Dunkirk Urban Council (CUD) has received a 37.5 million euro package to accelerate the decarbonisation of the industrial and port platform as part of the “Dunkirk, Creative Energy” territorial project.  

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT DUNKIRK CREATIVE ENERGY
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DUNKIRK, A TURNKEY TERRITORY TO HOST THE HYDROGEN SECTOR

Accredited as a “Choose France” Turnkey Industrial Territory because of its simplified and accelerated processes, Dunkirk is the ideal territory for your hydrogen-related decarbonisation projects.

Suitable property offers:  

  • Located on port land holdings, the Major Industries Area (ZGI) is a 125-hectare “Choose France” turnkey site. Already up and running, it is intended for large industrial projects. The Major Industries Area (ZGI) is located in the immediate vicinity of the drinking and industrial water networks, gas network and fibre optic network and has exceptional electricity connection capacities. The Grand Port Maritime of Dunkirk is getting ready for the territory’s energy transition by developing new activity areas dedicated to decarbonisation by preparing the networks linked to future needs (hydrogen, water and electricity). Dunkirk Port is currently working on the eastward extension of this activity area, which will eventually double its surface area.
  • Another “turnkey” certified site, Dunkirk International Logistics (DLI) is a space intended for logistics and port activities. It is also an asset for companies seeking simplified management of the hydrogen sector supply chain, too.
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IMPORTANT AND ACCESSIBLE NETWORKS

For years now, Dunkirk has been preparing to welcome projects related to industry decarbonisation. And today, the infrastructures are ready:  

  • A very high voltage network spanning 8.700 km, Dunkirk has a powerful and reliable electric network ready to meet the needs of decarbonised H2 production.
  • The LNG terminal facilities (2nd largest in Europe), the pipeline system connected to the Air Liquide site and the gas distribution networks are also well developed.
  • Industrial water networks and the heat superhighway

A buoyant market  

Industrialists here have estimated that their low carbon hydrogen requirements to decarbonise their industrial processes will be 150 KT per year by 2028. The immediate sale of the green hydrogen produced on site is thus guaranteed.

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ACCESS TO LOW CARBON ENERGY

The Dunkirk region strengthens its status as a major European energy platform with:  

  • Gravelines Nuclear Power Station, Europe’s most important power plant, produced 29.8 TWh of electricity without emitting any CO2 in 2021.
  • A solar park located in the port area that will provide 40 MW from 2023.
  • An offshore windfarm off the coast of Dunkirk with a 600 MW capacity by 2027.

AN INCUBATOR SPECIFICALLY FOR H2 SECTOR PROFESSIONALS

The Afpa (an adult education and training organisation) and France Hydrogène have signed a partnership to support the development of the skills and trades in the hydrogen sector. After a survey of the hydrogen sector’s training needs and the existing offer was conducted, the Afpa developed a regional incubator programme for jobs in hydrogen, including in Dunkirk, specialising in hydrogen production in particular. The Afpa anticipates three major job categories: operators, production technicians and maintenance agents.

OUR TEAM WILL HELP YOU FIND THE BEST ANSWERS TO YOUR NEEDS.

Patrick Petit

Patrick Petit

General director
p.petit@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33(0) 6 64 46 60 36
Bruno HALIPRÉ

Bruno HALIPRÉ

Business Developer, Agency Quality Manager
b.halipre@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33 (0)6 62 32 49 11
CYRILLE GAILLARD

CYRILLE GAILLARD

Business Developer
c.gaillard@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33 (0)6 64 46 60 17
Emilie Rigaud

Emilie Rigaud

Business Developer
e.rigaud@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33 (0)6 99 75 54 95
Fabienne Manceau

Fabienne Manceau

Communication Manager / promotion
f.manceau@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33 (0)6 64 46 61 22
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Florine Ringot-Moyon

Business Developer
f.ringot-moyon@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33(0) 7 62 61 36 02
Laurence Synaeghel

Laurence Synaeghel

Administration Manager
l.synaeghel@dunkerquepromotion.org
+33 (0)3 28 22 12 26

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