Norway and UK boost hydrogen cooperation with addendum to CCS deal

After the signing of an addendum to the Norwegian-British Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS), the two governments will work more closely together on hydrogen.

The annex affirms an ongoing partnership between the governments of the two nations to “regularly exchange knowledge and experience related to the use of low carbon hydrogen on production, transport, and storage as well as on developing standards and certification,” according to a press release from the Norwegian government.

The addendum is in addition to the joint declaration that was signed in May 2022 and covered topics including offshore wind and climate change challenges, as well as the Agreement on CCS that the two governments have had in place since 2018.

By 2030, the UK hopes to have 10GW of hydrogen production capacity, at least 5GW of which will be electrolyzed renewable hydrogen.

As long as a 95% CO2 collection rate is attained and the hydrogen produced complies with the standard of 20gCO2e/MJ LHV hydrogen, low carbon hydrogen in the UK is expected to receive support from the government of the nation.

Given its existing gas industry and geological resources, Norway also uses low-carbon hydrogen as part of its hydrogen strategy and plans to store CO2 from other nations with the Longship project, which will be launched in September 2020.

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