H2 View understands, VNG and its subsidiaries are currently planning the construction of a hydrogen and carbon hub in the Rostock region of Germany and is in talks with customers to evaluate the future requirements for green ammonia and green hydrogen imports.

Planned to be operational from 2028, the partners will look to import green ammonia from Total Eren’s hydrogen projects globally, including its 10GW H2 Magallanes project in Southern Chile which could produce up to 800,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year, some of which is set to be transported to Germany as green ammonia.

Read more: Chilean green hydrogen project progress

VNG and Total Eren have said the overarching goals of the project will be to establish optimised shipment to Europe, transportation to final use, and green certification, all while partnering with reliable suppliers.

“For us, cooperating to build a green hydrogen import value chain with such a renowned renewable energy player as Total Eren is another important step on the journey to a functioning hydrogen market in Germany and Europe,” said Ulf Heitmüller, CEO of VNG.

Under the REPowerEU Plan, the EU is looking to import 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year by 2030, in a bit to meet its Fit for 55 targets, while cutting dependency on Russian fossil fuels.

Read more: REPowerEU: €34-49bn needed for hydrogen infrastructure

Heitmüller added, “Because we want to be and remain one of the most important energy providers in Germany, as well as a reliable partner for our customers, starting from our core competencies in gas and critical infrastructure, we are working along the entire gas value chain on a sustainable, secure supply and, in the long-term, climate neutral system of the future.”

David Corchia, CEO of Total Eren, added, “We are delighted to commence our cooperation on hydrogen exports with VNG, a powerful player in the German market. I am confident that our fruitful alliance will efficiently tackle today’s energy challenges while fulfilling the needs of VNG’s customers.

“I also want to thank our Total Eren teams for their dedication and commitment to advancing our green hydrogen projects worldwide and in particular the H2 Magallanes project in Chile, a great example of our ambitious vision for the deployment of green hydrogen globally.”

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