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CIP and Uniper enter green hydrogen partnership

CIP and Uniper enter green hydrogen partnership
At the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing: Majken Witt (left), Consultant, Business Development HØST PtX Esbjerg; Nikos Samaritis, Director CIP, Energy Transition Fund; David Dupont-Mouritzen, co-project Director Høst PtX Esbjerg; Karsten Uhd Plauborg, Partner CIP; Christian Skakkebæk, Senior Partner CIP; Dr Carsten Poppinga, CCO at Uniper SE; Dr Holger Kreetz, COO at Uniper SE; Christian Stuckmann, VP of Business Development Hydrogen at Uniper SE; and Dr Hans Kirsch, Head of Structured Products and Options Trading at Uniper SE (photo courtesy Uniper).

Denmark-headed Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners P/S (CIP), the world’s largest dedicated fund manager within greenfield renewable energy investments, has announced that it through its Energy Transition Fund, and Germany-headed energy major Uniper SE have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen collaboration on bringing green hydrogen from CIP’s HØST PtX Esbjerg project to Germany.

The HØST PtX Esbjerg project is a leading Danish Power-to-X project under development. It foresees deploying large-scale industrial electrolysis technology on a gigawatt level to produce green hydrogen.

Powered entirely by renewables, HØST PtX Esbjerg will produce up to 140,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per annum for use in the chemicals industry, predominantly expected in the German market.

Production, transport, and marketing

The partnership between CIP and Uniper, a global energy merchant and one of the world’s largest power producers, will drive collaboration on the production, transport, and marketing of green hydrogen from the HØST PtX Esbjerg project, located on the Danish Westcoast, to Germany.

This is an important step for CIP and the HØST PtX Esbjerg project. With the vast renewable energy potential from the North Sea as well as the planned hydrogen pipeline connecting Denmark to Germany, we are excited to take the next step in bringing the green hydrogen from the HØST project to German customers. While CIP has a significant portfolio of power-to-gas projects, Uniper’s strong position with German energy customers is a key enabler in establishing this new market, said Karsten Plauborg, Partner at CIP.

Possible new hydrogen pipeline

It is expected that HØST as ultimo 2028, will be connected to the German hydrogen backbone via a new hydrogen pipeline to be developed from Denmark to Germany by the Danish transmission system operator Energinet in cooperation with Gasunie Deutschland Transport Services.

This will enable access to the consumption sites in Germany and help bring competitively priced green hydrogen to the German market.

In partnership, CIP and Uniper will deliver up to 140,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually to customers in Germany.

Uniper intends to take green hydrogen from HØST into its green gas portfolio and supply the industry’s needs with varying flexibility profiles and contract lengths.

We see great potential in this collaboration. HØST fits our strategic target of achieving at least 1 GW installed electrolyzer capacity by 2030 and our other electrolyzer developments in Germany such as Green Wilhelmshaven. Uniper’s diversified hydrogen portfolio consists of various supply sources to guarantee competitive and secure supplies in line with customer needs, said Dr Holger Kreetz, COO at Uniper.

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