Algeria Aims to Be a Major Green Hydrogen Supplier to Europe, Nearing 10% of Demand

In a significant development, Algeria is actively engaged in discussions with Germany to become a major supplier of green hydrogen to Europe’s largest economy. The talks, held in Algiers on October 23, center around the conversion and extension of existing natural gas pipelines to facilitate the delivery of green hydrogen to southern Germany.

This envisioned pipeline corridor will traverse multiple nations, including Tunisia, Italy, and Austria, with the potential to significantly mitigate Europe’s gas shortage. The proposed infrastructure project is part of a broader collaboration between Algeria and Germany, emphasizing the promotion of green hydrogen development.

To bolster this initiative, Spanish natural gas transmission company Enagás is working to connect the industrial region near the Strait of Gibraltar to Algeria’s pipeline network by 2030. In further support of this collaborative effort, the German development bank KfW will provide financial backing for a 50 MW pilot green hydrogen project within Algeria.

Additionally, Italy is taking steps to enhance its energy security and reduce reliance on Russian gas by partnering with Algeria. Italy’s Prime Minister, Giorgia Melone, recently visited Algeria to finalize agreements for a green hydrogen and natural gas supply network. Algeria is a vital gas supplier for Italy and holds a strategic role in the country’s energy supply strategy. Prime Minister Melone highlighted the paramount importance of Italy’s partnership with Algeria in securing its energy needs and diversifying its gas supply sources.

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