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Canadian and German ports explore hydrogen import-export partnership

Canada’s Port of Argentia and Hamburg Port Authority, Germany, have announced plans to collaborate on the export and import of green hydrogen from Canada to Germany.

Under a Letter of Intent (LoI), the Newfoundland and Labrador-based port will look to facilitate exports of locally produced green hydrogen derivatives to Hamburg.

Signed on Monday (March 18), the LoI came the same day as the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Canadian and German Governments to explore formalising hydrogen sales between the two nations.

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The agreement plans to establish a dedicated “bilateral window” through Germany’s H2Global Foundation to coordinate supply and demand auctions to connect Canadian exports with German buyers to complete “commercially binding contracts.”

The MoU came after the Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance was set up in 2022.

Scott Penney, CEO of Port of Argentia, said the LOI confirmed the port’s commitments to the Alliance’s principles and would “solidify” both ports’ roles providing energy transport solutions.

Jens Meier, CEO at Hamburg Port Authority, said both ports agree that a maritime green hydrogen supply chain is “urgently needed,” but its development would require close cooperation between exporting and importing ports.

Port of Argentia has already partnered with Pattern Energy for the establishment of a 300MW green hydrogen production project in Argentia.

Read more: Port of Argentia and Pattern Energy target green ammonia exports

In February 2022, Hamburg Port Authority signed an agreement with Air Products to create a hydrogen value chain across the German port.

Read more: Port of Hamburg signs agreement with Air Products to create a comprehensive value chain for hydrogen


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