Norway and Germany need to deepen their cooperation with respect to hydrogen, battery expertise, carbon seize and storage (CCS), and renewable power from offshore wind.
The 2 international locations at present issued a joint declaration on partnering on local weather, renewable power and inexperienced trade and a separate joint assertion on hydrogen geared toward making certain hydrogen provide from Norway to Germany.
The joint declarations adopted a gathering at present in Oslo of Norwegian authorities representatives, together with prime minister Jonas Gahr Retailer, with Germany’s vice chancellor Robert Habeck. They had been accompanied by a memorandum of understanding between power teams Equinor ASA and RWE AG, which dedicated to working collectively to develop worth chains for low-carbon hydrogen.
“The Norwegian Government is working to ensure that Norway will continue to be a stable and reliable supplier of oil and gas to Europe. We are also working to further develop our role as an energy nation by, for example, decarbonising gas through hydrogen production and carbon capture and storage,” mentioned Minister of Petroleum and Vitality Terje Aasland.
In keeping with the declaration on hydrogen, each international locations will search to speed up the required framework for a functioning European hydrogen market. The doc additionally says that “to realise the fastest possible high-volumes of hydrogen with zero or low-emissions, we will jointly plan the use of hydrogen produced from natural gas with Carbon Capture and Storage (blue hydrogen) for a transition period.”
The international locations need to guarantee a large-scale provide of hydrogen from Norway to Germany by 2030, doubtlessly enabled by a large-scale pipeline. The outcomes of a joint feasibility research into large-scale transport of hydrogen from Norway to Germany, and carbon dioxide (CO2) transport from Germany to Norway are anticipated within the spring of 2023.
Within the broader declaration, the events categorical a want to proceed their cooperation on renewable power, specifically offshore wind. “We will build on the existing efforts to develop offshore wind, including offshore grid infrastructure, with the future possibility of developing hybrid cooperation projects, in the North Seas Energy Cooperation and through bilateral formats,” the declaration reads.
The international locations additional plan to accentuate cooperation on uncooked supplies and associated strategic worth chains and to take a look at potentialities of seize, transport and long-term storage of CO2 on the Norwegian continental shelf.
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