It was announced today (June 23), a Scandinavian joint venture has received NOK 148m ($14.8m) from Enova, to establish a hydrogen hub in Norway.
Danish Everfuel and Norwegian Greenstat Energy are planning to build the Hydrogen Hub Agder in Kristiansand, Norway, in collaboration with industrial companies Elkem and Glencore Nikkelverk.
The construction consisting of two phases, will see an initial 20MW electrolyser capacity to produce eights tonnes of hydrogen per day. In its second phase, set to be commissioned in 2027, capacity is planned to be boosted to 60MW.
In addition to the hydrogen production capacities, the facility will host a hydrogen distribution centre to target the shipping sector, the companies say.
The partners says, Letters of Intent (LoI) for offtake of over 8,000 tonnes of compressed hydrogen per year have been signed with companies including Holland-Norway Lines, FFS Marine and Arriva Shipping.
H2 View understands a further LoI has been signed with Glencore Nikkelverk for the offtake of excess oxygen from the facility.
Jacob Krogsgaard, CEO of Everfuel, said, “We are very pleased with the grant from Enova and consider it as a vote of confidence to the role Everfuel and Greenstat are playing to facilitate the green shift in Norway.
“We are looking forward to work with our clients and together with Greenstat, Elkem and Glencore Nikkelverk to deliver on the plan we have presented to Enova.”
Torstein Thorsen Ekern, Managing Director of Greenstat Energy, commented, “In Greenstat we would also like to express our gratitude to the support and trust from Enova to realise the Hydrogen Hub Agder project. Together we have a clear ambition to realise the ‘Electric Region Agder’ vision and to make the maritime sector fossil-free.”
Hydrogen Hub Agder comes after Everfuel and Greenstat signed a cooperation agreement in July 2021, with plans to develop commercially competitive hydrogen supply in Norway.
Vergard Frihammer, CEO of Greenstad ASA, added, “The partnership with Everfuel has been very constructive and has complemented our own competence and business orientation. Everfuel’s extensive experience with hydrogen production and distribution is of great value to the development, and the cooperation with the industry companies Elkem and Glencore Nikkelverk, adds further strength and solidity to the Hydrogen Hub Agder project.”