Germany is looking for new solutions to avoid gas dependence

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Germany and Norway are actively considering building a hydrogen pipeline linking the two countries in a bid to reduce Europe’s dependence on Russia’s energy supplies, Bloomberg notes.

The two states plan to carry out a feasibility study on the project to transport green hydrogen from Norway to Germany in the next period, according to a joint statement on Wednesday evening, following a bilateral meeting between German Economy Minister Robert Habeck and Prime Minister Norwegian Jonas Gahr Støre.

“In the coming months and years, it will be extremely important to accelerate the development of alternative energy sources for Europe as a substitute for Russian gas and oil, as well as the development of the necessary infrastructure for this,” the German and Norwegian authorities said in a joint statement. .

Reviewing energy supply strategies is a key issue for Germany, especially in the last three weeks since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Europe’s largest economy uses Russian sources of supply for more than half of its natural gas consumption, half of its coal and about a third of its oil consumption.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has promised to strengthen gas and coal storage facilities to reduce his exposure to any supply disruptions. Berlin also buys liquefied natural gas (LNG), supports efforts to build new LNG terminals, and supports a faster expansion of renewable energy sources.