ESG Today reports that the facility could begin operations in 2026 and will serve ExxonMobil’s Rotterdam refinery and other customers through Air Products' hydrogen pipeline network system. As per Air Products officials, the project is made possible as an agreement made with ExxonMobil and the Dutch State.

Hydrogen is considered by some experts to be the fuel of the future, although currently, we mostly produce it from fossil fuels, meaning that it contributes indirectly to climate change. Blue hydrogen is a variation that's a result of the conversion of natural gas, with the resulted CO2 emissions being captured and stored permanently.

The carbon captured from the production of blue hydrogen in Rotterdam will be transported 20 kilometers off the coast to the North Sea, where it will be stored three kilometers below.