Algeria's Ambitious Subsea Green Hydrogen Pipeline to Meet 10% of Europe's H2 Demand

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Algeria's Ambitious Subsea Green Hydrogen Pipeline to Meet 10% of Europe's H2 Demand

Flags of Algeria (© Shutterstock/BUTENKOV ALEKSEI)
Flags of Algeria (© Shutterstock/BUTENKOV ALEKSEI)

Algeria is working to become a significant supplier of green hydrogen to meet one-tenth of Europe's burgeoning demand for eco-friendly gas generated from renewable energy sources.

The North African nation's ambitious endeavour includes an expansion of an existing gas pipeline corridor that will extend through Tunisia and Italy. Ultimately, the pipeline will extend to southern Germany to transport green hydrogen, as Germany's Ministry of Economics and Climate confirmed.

The announcement was made during the commencement of the German-Algerian energy partnership meeting in Algiers on Monday, where top officials from both countries convened.

Notable attendees included Algerian Energy Minister Mohamed Arab and German State Secretary for Economics and Climate Protection Stefan Wenzel.

Besides the pipeline expansion, Algeria has taken substantial steps toward realising its green hydrogen vision. The country held two large solar power tenders earlier this year, with massive solar farms planned for the Algerian Sahara Desert.

According to reports by Germany's RND newswire, these solar installations will produce the renewable energy needed for hydrogen production via electrolysis, earmarked for export to Europe.

Italy, a key European partner, has joined the venture, further cementing their collaboration with Algeria. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's visit to Algeria on Monday culminated in sealing agreements for an Algerian-Italian "energy bridge."

The primary goal of this energy partnership is to make Italy less reliant on Russian gas deliveries, with a target timeline extending until the winter of 2024/25.

"Italy's partnership with Algeria is paramount for our energy security, given that Algeria is our primary gas supplier and a crucial component of our energy supply strategy," Prime Minister Meloni stated shortly after meeting Algeria's President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.

"Thanks to this new collaboration, we are poised to fortify the existing connection between Africa and Italy," he said. The latest energy agreement builds upon the foundation laid by Italy's former Prime Minister, Mario Draghi.

The previous administration had successfully negotiated a new cooperation agreement with Algeria, which resulted in a substantial increase in gas deliveries to Italy, surpassing 20 billion cubic meters last year.

With such a bold move, the government plans to elevate this volume to 36 billion cubic meters in the forthcoming years.

Germany, already pursuing dedicated green hydrogen pipelines through energy partnerships with other nations, has further solidified its commitment to a sustainable and interconnected energy future.

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