Port of Hamburg to get Germany's first green ammonia terminal

22 November 2022
Air Products and Mabanaft to build terminal - "milestone for the ramp-up of hydrogen economy"

Air Products and Mabanaft, through its subsidiary Oiltanking Deutschland, announced plans Thursday (November 17, 2022) to build Germany's first large-scale, green energy import terminal at Mabanaft’s existing tank terminal in the Port of Hamburg. The location offers strategic access to green ammonia from large-scale green hydrogen production facilities operated by Air Products and its global partners. The project was announced at a ceremony in Hamburg attended by Robert Habeck, Germany's Minister for Economics and Climate Protection, Dr Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg and Michael Hagemann, Senator for Economics. Habeck termed the choice of the location as "a milestone for the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy in Germany".

Energy transition - decarbonising industry and transport

Habeck commented: “Now more than ever, we need to advance the hydrogen economy. To do this, we are setting up our own hydrogen production in Germany, but of course we also need hydrogen from imports. An accelerated energy transition with more speed in expanding renewable energies and ramping up green hydrogen are the right answers to the Russian aggression and the right answers to strengthen energy security, resilience and competitiveness.” Volker Ebeling, Senior Vice President New Energy, Chemicals & Gas at Mabanaft, said: "We will make significant investments and deploy our energy infrastructure capabilities and expertise to accelerate the energy transition in Hamburg as the key import gateway for Germany." The terminal will address the urgent task of decarbonising  the mobility sector and industrial processes.

Hamburg to become leading European hydrogen centre

Tschentscher remarked: "Hamburg offers excellent conditions for the import, distribution and use of green hydrogen. It is already clear that the demand for hydrogen in Germany far exceeds the domestic production capacities. As a traditional trading city, we maintain good relations all over the world, and our international partners are showing great interest in the development of a green hydrogen economy. Hamburg aims to become a leading hydrogen location in Europe. We want to help ensure energy security in Germany and advance the decarbonisation of industry and the economy."

Westhagemann added: "The development of an import infrastructure for green hydrogen is of extraordinary importance. This is the only way to meet the enormous demand for green hydrogen in future. Hamburg, with its port and its geographical and infrastructural location and connections, is predestined for this." Building the first German import terminal in the port is further implementation of Hamburg's strategy for the import of green hydrogen. Collaborations on hydrogen have also been launched with the United Arab Emirates, Canada and northern England earlier this year. 

HPA: Import terminal to build hydrogen value chain

The plans come after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Air Products and the Hamburg Port Authority (HPA) in February to advance the production, supply chain and consumption of green hydrogen in northern Germany. "Hamburg will be one of the world's first ports to offer such an infrastructure for hydrogen imports," said Jens Meier, CEO of HPA. Importing ammonia and converting it into green hydrogen in co-operation with Air Products and Mabanaft are key to establishing a value chain for hydrogen in Hamburg, he added. This will drive forward the decarbonisation of several areas in the port and shipping.

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