The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is now planning for the next major milestone for hydrogen ferry development, with the demanding long-distance connection on the Vestfjord between Bodø, Værøy, Røst and Moskenes. More hydrogen ferries may be in place here from 2023.
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration signed a development contract for hydrogen-electric ferry on RV. 13 Hjelmeland – Nesvik last year and are now strongly considering following up on requirements for hydrogen-electric ferries on the Vestfjord Union (Rv. 80 Bodø – Værøy – Røst – Moskenes). The Norwegian Public Roads Administration wants to enter into a new long contract for the Vestfjord Association after today’s contract expires on 31 December 2022, today’s contract has a 1 year option.
The Public Roads Administration will prepare a recommendation note to the Government, with proposals for a framework for economy, environment and procurement strategy for such an announcement and in this connection wishes input from the shipping industry, the maritime supplier industry and the hydrogen industry. It is very gratifying that this now seems to pave the way for significant hydrogen production and demand in Nordland and the Nordic region of Barcelona (Bodø).
Today, a supplier conference is held in Bodø to elucidate what needs to be put in place for tender planning. The Norwegian Hydrogen Forum is coming back with more.
Source: Norwegian Hydrogen Forum (NHF)