Hamburg to increase supply of hydrogen from Scandinavia

14 June 2023
Hydrogen pipeline to link up Denmark and north Germany - talks on possible routes from Norway

Energy and especially the supply of hydrogen for north Germany topped the agenda of talks in Copenhagen and Oslo during a visit by a delegation from Hamburg headed by Dr Melanie Leonhard, Senator for Economics, and with the State Co-ordination Office for the Hydrogen Economy of Schleswig-Holstein. Denmark is preparing to export wind-generated electricity on a large scale and for a hydrogen grid link to northern Germany.

Denmark to generate more energy

"Denmark is among the pioneers of wind energy and intends to generate more energy than it consumes itself. Wind power is also being expanded on the west coast of Germany. That is good news given the great commercial and industrial demand for energy in the Hamburg region. Companies will gladly absorb this additional energy," said Leonhard. Plans for a hydrogen network or the so-called "Hyperlink III" pipeline between Denmark through Schleswig-Holstein to north Germany are in full swing and "must be pushed forward swiftly", she stressed. A regional network in Hamburg will supply industry with locally-produced and imported hydrogen.

Expanded hydrogen routes and green shore power for ships

Danish and Norwegian companies are focusing on the Port of Hamburg as a transhipment centre for gas, hydrogen and its derivatives. A pipeline route over the mainland from Denmark to Germany has already been defined in places, but possible routes from Norway to Germany are still being discussed. The Oslo-based Equinor plans to set up a branch in Hamburg while the Danish company, Maersk, plans to become climate-neutral by 2040 and to co-operate with companies in Hamburg. "Given the same ambitious net zero emissions targets, there are key initiatives and opportunities for co-operation such as green shore-side power for our ships in port," said Johan Sigsgaard, Executive Vice President of A.P. Moller-Maersk. "We are also focusing on climate-neutral hinterland transport as we strive to become a net zero company by 2040." MSC Cruises and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) signed a memorandum of understanding on the use of shore-side electricity during the trip. MSC has also announced plans to retrofit its older ships while HPA will provide charging infrastructure in the Port of Hamburg.


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