The CrossWind consortium of oil supermajor Shell and Dutch utility Eneco has won the latest zero subsidy offshore wind tender in the Netherlands, the country’s economics ministry said, moving ahead the developer’s plans to create a giant green hydrogen hub in the port of Rotterdam.

Production from the 759MW Hollandse Kust North zone would power some 200MW of electrolyser capacity to provide a ”stepping stone” toward the much larger NortH2 project that would be engineered to turn 10GW in offshore wind capacity into vast volumes of hydrogen, initally to decarbonise Shell’s Pernis refinery.