Sweden’s port of Gothenburg and Norwegian energy company Statkraft are planning to construct a hydrogen production facility at the port, with operations due to commence in 2023.
Initially the facility will be able to produce 2 tonnes of hydrogen per day. The two companies will conduct a more in-depth study into the potential of an interim storage facility and filling station at the port. A preliminary study is currently being conducted with the focus primarily on safety aspects and is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2022.
“The port of Gothenburg is Scandinavia’s largest port and as a hub for transport by sea, rail, and road, it operates a wide range of heavy freight handling equipment. Hydrogen has the potential to replace fossil-based diesel for all these items of equipment,” said Arvid Guthed, vice president, port development at Gothenburg Port Authority. “We know there is already significant demand in and around the port for using equipment powered by hydrogen. A number of companies and organisations are ready and waiting and we are convinced that local production of hydrogen would represent a breakthrough.”
Sweden’s goal is to reduce emissions from domestic transport by 70 percent by 2030. According to the Fossil-Free Sweden Hydrogen Gas Strategy, published in January 2021, the hydrogen projects that are planned in Sweden are currently achieving a reduction of just over 30 percent of Sweden’s total national carbon emissions.