Hamburg, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay agree on hydrogen imports

Twenty-strong Hanseatic delegation in Latin America
30 August 2022
Dr Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, signing contract in Santiago

The City of Hamburg has signed agreements with Chile, Argentina and Uruguay on importing hydrogen and establishing  an international hydrogen sector after a 20-strong delegation headed by Dr Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg, visited the capital cities of Santiago, Buenos Aires and Montevideo from August 22-27, a press release said Sunday (August 28, 2022).  schentscher also met representatives of the political sphere, commerce and science to discuss the expansion of infrastructure to import hydrogen via the Port of Hamburg.

Plans for closer co-operation between ports

The agreements come as the Port of Hamburg prepares to become a European hub of hydrogen logistics. A co-operation agreement was signed with the Chilean Ministry of Energy on establishing a strategic trade corridor for green hydrogen. That was preceded by an agreement sealing closer co-operation on importing and export green hydrogen with Uruguay.  Diplomatic relations with Argentina are to be expanded in reference to urban development and climate protection. Tschentscher also reached an agreement with the Argentine Ministry of Technology on closer scientific co-operation as well as hydrogen trade relations.

Deepening economic relations

"Green hydrogen is a key carrier of the energy transition and an important economic and industrial field. Hamburg aims to become a leading centre of hydrogen imports and trade in Europe. We need good partners across the globe to achieve that goal. Chile, Uruguay and Argentina have the best conditions for producing green hydrogen and are pursuing ambitious strategies for hydrogen exports," Tschentscher added. Great interest had been shown in co-operating with Hamburg, the port and companies in the hydrogen sector. The City of Hamburg already has long-standing trade relations and collaborations with the three countries.