Norway and Germany to Study Possibility of Hydrogen Pipeline Link

(P&GJ) — Norway and Germany agreed to study the transport of hydrogen via a pipeline between the countries, representatives said in a joint statement.

The announcement builds on an agreement German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre made in January to cooperate and communicate regarding the energy transition, and now it has become more important for Europe to reduce dependence on Russian energy.

“Norway wants to actively contribute to the rapid development of the hydrogen market in Germany and the EU,” the joint statement said. “Germany would like to see Norway become a future partner for the production and supply of hydrogen.”

The countries plan to “rapidly” commission a joint feasibility study on the pipeline that could facilitate the large-scale transport of hydrogen from Norway to Germany.

The countries plan to use blue hydrogen, which is produced from natural gas, but reduces environmental impact by capturing and storing carbon emissions. This would help the countries realize the fastest high-volume imports of hydrogen and ensure its rapid availability, the statement said.

This partnership should help the continent speed up the development of alternative energy sources to substitute for Russian oil and gas. Norway is already a major exporter of oil and gas to Europe and will continue to be a stable supplier during the transition, the countries said in the statement.

“Germany and Norway want to work together closely to ensure a reliable energy supply for Europe that is based on an increasing share of renewable energy,” the statement said. “Both countries aim to be completely climate-neutral by mid-century, Germany by 2045 at the latest, Norway by 2050.”

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