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Hamburg receives the first hydrogen shipment from the United Arab Emirates

The first test delivery of hydrogen in the form of ammonia was received at the HHLA climate-neutral container terminal in Altenwerder, where it was unloaded from the Hapag-Lloyd vessel Prague Express, German port operator Hamburger Hafen und Logistik has confirmed. AG.

The pilot delivery would mark a milestone for medium-term imports of green hydrogen.

“HHLA is pleased to facilitate the import of hydrogen and its derivatives into Germany and Europe under the strategic energy partnership between the UAE and Germany“, Angela TitzrathCEO of HHLA, commented.

“In order to use hydrogen on a large scale, a reliable and efficient transport chain is needed from producing countries like the United Arab Emirates to German and European customers.”

Hamburg-based HHLA signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) in March 2022 to test the hydrogen transport chain from the United Arab Emirates to Germany. Hydrogen supplied by Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) was shipped in the form of hydrogen-derived ammonia. The cargo left the United Arab Emirates in early September.

The ammonia supplied will be used by multi-metal manufacturer Aurubis for climate-neutral conversion trials of gas-intensive copper wire production, thereby replacing fossil fuels in the long term.

In 2020, HHLA launched the HHLA Hydrogen Network project to identify the potential for hydrogen within its own business segments and beyond. Hydrogen as an energy carrier can contribute significantly to the decarbonization logistics.

The arrival of the first shipment of green hydrogen in Hamburg coincided with the announcement by the European Commission of the creation of a new European Hydrogen Bank aimed at bridging the investment gap and linking future supply and demand.

The announcement was made during von der Leyen’s State of the Union address on September 14, 2022 as part of the Commission’s initiatives to invest more in renewable energy and hydrogen especially.