Joint declaration of intent for future hydrogen deliveries Introduction.
Germany and Algeria want to work more closely together on the production of green hydrogen. Algeria should be supported in particular in setting up a hydrogen infrastructure and production. To this end, both countries are establishing a bilateral hydrogen task force as part of their energy partnership.A hydrogen pilot plant is also to be installed. Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Dr. Robert Habeck and the Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab, signed a declaration of intent in Algiers today.
Federal Minister Robert Habeck : “Germany and Algeria have maintained a close energy partnership since 2015. We now want to expand this and encourage Algeria to produce more green hydrogen in the future, invest more in solar and wind energy and thus create its own added value. We want to support you with know-how and technical expertise. Germany and the EU are available as potential buyer countries for green hydrogen. Now it’s about creating the necessary technical and economic conditions for hydrogen deliveries between Algeria and Europe.”
The Algerian-German hydrogen task force is intended to promote the framework conditions for the production, storage and transport of green hydrogen and its derivatives. The bilateral cooperation is intended to support private sector investments in both countries in order to contribute to energy security in Europe and at the same time to the implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement.
The signing of the declaration of intent followed a high-level exchange with the ministers, business representatives and experts involved, who had previously discussed the potential and challenges of expanding renewable energies, hydrogen, financing, transport and acceptance in a roundtable. Representatives of the European Commission, Italy, Austria and Tunisia, who together support the creation of a “southern H2 corridor” , were also invited . This envisages the conversion and expansion of the existing gas pipeline corridor for renewable hydrogen, from Algeria via Tunisia, Italy and Austria to southern Germany. Algeria aims to become a major producer of green hydrogen and aims to export 10 percent of the EU’s needs by 2040. The country could thereby improve its own economic prospects, create new jobs and gradually shift its energy sector away from gas.
The “southern H2 corridor” is intended to contribute to energy supply security in Europe and is an important building block in the diversification of energy imports.
Background: The roundtable took place as part of the Algerian-German energy partnership. This is an interdepartmental platform for the energy policy dialogue between Germany and Algeria. The aim is to exchange information on current energy policy developments and to promote joint projects, in particular on the expansion of renewable energies, greater energy efficiency and hydrogen. The bilateral energy partnership is implemented by the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection.
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