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North German Ports to Become Centers for Hydrogen Imports

By July 10, 2020 2   min read  (370 words)

July 10, 2020 |

  • Northern Germany Must be the Gateway to the National Hydrogen Future

Hanover / Hamburg / Kiel– The national hydrogen strategy recently adopted by the federal government is a further correct step from the perspective of the North German chemical industry. 

However, there were no concrete implementation plans for important and immediately necessary decisions. “Because of the huge demand for green hydrogen, we urgently need German import terminals in addition to the forced further development of our home market,” says Detlev Wösten, chairman of the Association of the Chemical Industry State Association North (VCI North) and managing director of H&R ChemPharm GmbH. The national hydrogen strategy clearly clarifies this, so that the federal government can take the decision to build such terminals immediately and must do so now.

From the VCI Nord’s point of view, northern Germany can and must be the gateway to the national hydrogen future. The necessary import of green hydrogen could be ideally organized via the ports here. For this, an infrastructure had to be created in the north German ports and the construction of corresponding terminals had to be pushed. Existing pipelines to the Ruhr area as well as to eastern and southern Germany – further expanded and expanded – could then secure the supply of the necessary green hydrogen throughout Germany, according to the VCI Nord.

“The pressure to act and to compete is enormous. Corresponding projects have already been launched in both Rotterdam and Antwerp in Belgium. If we still want to use and secure the economic advantages and jobs associated with the development of a hydrogen economy in Germany and especially here in the north, the federal government in Berlin must act now and pledge the appropriate support to the north German state governments, ”emphasizes Dr. Jochen Wilkens as managing director of VCI Nord the demands of the association.

About the VCI Nord:
The VCI Nord is a national association of the Association of the Chemical Industry. It represents the economic and political interests of around 300 member companies with almost 70,000 employees in Hamburg, Lower Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Bremen. Further core tasks of the association are the further training of teachers, the improvement of science teaching and the promotion of contacts between universities and business.

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