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- Port of Rotterdam – Supporting European Framework for Hydrogen Import Infrastructure Crucial to Meet Repowereu Targets on Time
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2023 February 6
Port of Rotterdam – Supporting European Framework for Hydrogen Import Infrastructure Crucial to Meet Repowereu Targets on Time
Supporting European framework for hydrogen import infrastructure crucial to meet REPowerEU targets on time.
The import of renewable and low carbon hydrogen is paramount if Europe is to end its dependency on Russian fossil fuels and realize its climate objectives in 2030. In REPowerEU, the European Commission rightly acknowledges the need for imports from outside Europe to complement local production of hydrogen and intra-EU hydrogen trading.
Diversification of resources and the establishment of new maritime trading routes is key to ensure Europe’s energy security and diversify new, clean energy flows.
A group of companies in the Rotterdam industrial cluster, including the Port of Rotterdam, OCI, Koole, Air Products, Shell, Vopak, VTTI and Votob has issued a joint statement asking European policymakers for a technology-neutral regulatory framework that supports investments of first-movers in import infrastructure in ports, facilitates the deployment of new and existing pipeline infrastructure and supports the set-up of new maritime import corridors.
The signatories of this statement call upon EU policymakers and Member States to urgently:
Adopt a technology-neutral approach to foster innovation and avoid restrictions on new technologies
Make use of existing private hydrogen pipeline networks and support the development of new industrial hydrogen networks in parallel with the European hydrogen backbone
Provide flexibility for Member States in applying third party access for terminals
Develop targeted financing instruments for hydrogen infrastructure and demand creation
Acknowledge the importance of intra-EU maritime hydrogen corridors in TEN-T and TEN-E
2023 March 15
Sergey Gaidayev: “the Don river has a growth potential”
Restricted shipping in the Sea of Azov, sanctions against Russian companies, challenging weather conditions – the year of 2022 was not easy for the Azov-Don basin of inland waterways. However, it is still a promising region for building up the cargo base. The construction of the Bagaevsky hydrosystem continues on the Don river, and year-round shipping through the basin towards the Caspian and the Azov seas will be launched the future. Sergey Gaidayev: “the Don river has a growth potential”