Late November INOVYN and Rotterdam based VT Group have announced a partnership to build Europe’s first bulk liquid chemical barge powered by hydrogen.

VT Group will retrofit an existing barge with hydrogen technology, replacing the gasoil combustion technology that is fitted today. This will reduce annual CO2 emissions by an estimated 1,000 tonnes.

The hydrogen-powered barge will transport vital raw materials for INOVYN between its sites at Antwerp and Jemeppe, Belgium. The low carbon hydrogen to power the barge will be supplied by INOVYN as a co-product from its chemical manufacturing operations.

The new barge will be owned and operated by VT Group on behalf of INOVYN. Niels Groenewold, CEO of VT Group comments: “Our strong relationship with INOVYN has always enabled us to innovate. Being able to contribute to a net-zero operation is very valuable to us and is perfectly aligned with our company’s sustainability ambitions.”

Source: INOVYN