Vondeling heat: improved energy efficiency

Heat pipes will be laid between Shell and Hoogvliet. Shell, Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam (which transports heat from the Port of Rotterdam to the city of Rotterdam), and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have joined forces to implement a project aimed at recovering heat to increase energy efficiency. The use of residual heat released by the Shell Pernis refinery will make it possible to heat 16,000 households in a sustainable way. The project is the foundation for the first business-specific agreement between the business community and the government concluded for the purpose of achieving the energy conservation targets set out in the Energy Agreement.

In the words of Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority: ‘Shell is the second company after AVR that will supply heat to customers outside the port. This is an important step towards achieving a large heat network with various sources in the port and with customers throughout the province of South Holland. Industrial activity in the Port of Rotterdam releases a considerable amount of heat that cannot be used within the port. Our goal is to make practical use of as much of that heat as possible by means of this network. The network will therefore retain its value also in the long term.’

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is providing a large part of the investment needed to implement the project, which runs into millions of euros. Shell is investing in the systems that will make it possible to remove the residual heat from the refinery in a controlled manner. The Port of Rotterdam authority is investing in the pipeline system that will transport the heat from Shell Pernis to the existing heat network. Warmtebedrijf Rotterdam is investing in the connection to the existing heat network and in the management, operation and maintenance of the heat network, and will handle the distribution of the heat to its customers.


In the Ruigeplaatbos, Hoogvliet, work was carried out in February and March 2017. A strip of woodland was dug out. At the end of 2018, the park will be redesigned to include features such as hiking trails, new trees, grassland rich in flowers, and forest. Removed trees will be compensated for on the same site or elsewhere, such as in the Arboretum and in the Deer Park. The soil needs to settle properly before the pipes can be laid. Hot water will be carried along heating pipes with a diameter of 40 centimetres for a distance of 2.5 kilometres.

Energy in transition

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is committed to combating climate change and wants to play a leading role in the global energy transition. The reduction of CO2 emissions and efficient use of raw and residual materials are important tasks for the Port Authority.


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