Chile has signed memorandum of understanding’s (MoU) with some of Belgium’s largest ports, Antwerp and Zeebrugge, to support hydrogen production and create a hydrogen export corridor between the continents.
It is hoped that, through these MoU’s, that green hydrogen will flow between Chile and Western Europe as the agreement aims to set-up the logistics chain between the continents and logistics in Belgian seaports.
In establishing a corridor between Chile and Belgium, the two ports will aim to become key renewable energy hubs to support the energy transition in Europe.
By creating a basis for hydrogen to be imported into Europe from overseas, it creates an opportunity to offload some of Chile’s planned hydrogen production as the South American nation targets becoming a global hydrogen entity.
Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and the Ministry of Chile will collaborate on a regular basis in order to exchange knowledge, experiences and other information to further explore the possibilities of the cooperation.
This is particularly important to eliminate the challenges in the run-up to the effective start-up of green production in Chile, the set-up of the logistics chain between our continents and the logistics in the Flemish seaports and their hinterland.
Juan Carlos Jobet, Minister of Energy in Chile, said, “This is excellent news to continue consolidating Chile’s leadership in the development of this new industry.
“Our potential in clean energy will allow us to be the cheapest producers of green hydrogen in the world, with which we will be able to satisfy our demand, but also help other countries to advance with their climate goals”
Jacques Vandermeiren, CEO of the Port of Antwerp, said, “When we look back at the impact of COP26, I sincerely hope we will call it ‘the climate action summit. The summit where promises were made and kept.
“That’s the only way how we will be able to tackle this challenge, by saying what we do and doing what we say.
“At Port of Antwerp, we will continue to push forward our ambitions to make sure our entire fleet, eco-friendly and to further develop as a multi fuel port, offering the alternative fuels that sustainable shipping requires.”
Tom Hautekiet, CEO Port of Zeebrugge, said, “We are proud to know that Chile, the most significant potential exporter of green molecules, wants to cooperate with the ports of Antwerp and Zeebrugge.
“This opportunity will allow us to realise our shared ambition of importing hydrogen to Europe together. The fact that they consider Zeebrugge to be a suitable import port confirms our position as an important energy hub.”
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