Opportunities and challenges in the international hydrogen industry were the topics of the second “Energy & Transition Dutch Networking Lunch” hosted by NBSO Texas in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Miami, NAF Houston, and IPS.
Texas is a key state for energy transition as the leading region in the US in terms of renewable energy production capacity combined with the extensive knowledge and infrastructure of the energy-related industry. Houston is home to over 4,600 companies in the energy sector and at the forefront of foreign investment in energy.
Rotterdam and Houston expressed the joint intention during the Royal visit to Texas in September 2022, to exchange the first green hydrogen molecules between their two international ports in 2026. The quarterly NBSO Energy & Transition networking meetings are one of the steps toward this joint effort.
Last Friday’s event was opened by the vice-consul of the Dutch consulate in Miami, Luuk Nijman. He gave an update on the trends in the energy sector in the Netherlands, specifically the developments concerning the transatlantic hydrogen corridor and Dutch-Texan links and opportunities in hydrogen production, import/export, distribution and storage.
Following that, John Maselli of the Dutch company OCI, shared the experiences on the groundbreaking of OCI’s new facility in Beaumont, leveraging growing capabilities in Texas for ammonia and methanol production with blue and in future possibly green hydrogen.
The meeting concluded with an exchange of views about OTC and a side event that NBSO and CG Miami are planning to help move the Netherlands-Texas hydrogen corridor forward.
Thanks to OCI, the Greater Houston Partnership, our Honorary Consul Aura Cuellar, and all the Dutch companies that joined us!
Energy & Transition Dutch Network in Texas
This initiative is aimed at creating, enhancing and maintaining a network in Texas for Dutch companies and other organizations related to the Netherlands dealing with Energy and the Energy Transition. This is the second luncheon in a series of Energy & Transition events in 2023 hosted by NBSO Texas.