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Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg plan closer co-operation

New industrial projects and traffic projects - X-ray laser XFEL and NEW 4.0 stand out

Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg are forging closer economic links with many joint projects, according to Torsten Albig, Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein and Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg after a joint cabinet meeting Tuesday (January 31, 2017) in Brunsbüttel (Dithmarschen). Both states are keen to set up a national liquid natural gas (LNG) terminal) in Brunsbüttel, said Albig, adding, “That would add enormous drive to the Schleswig-Holstein/Hamburg economic region on the Elbe.”

Achieving energy transition together

Brunsbüttel could supply regional industry with LNG via existing pipelines or ships navigating the Elbe the Kiel Canal. Good co-operation is important for making the north an attractive economic location, said Albig and Scholz. A good example is the energy transition project NEW 4.0 which the German government in funding with EUR 40 million and involves around 60 partners in commerce, industry and research. “The aim is to supply the Schleswig-Holstein und Hamburg economic region and it’s 4.5 million inhabitants fully and safely with affordable, regenerated energy from 2035,” said Albig.

Impetus for research center

Scholz also announced plans to expand the A21 and A23 and make both the A26 west and A20 longer. Work on the A7 is on schedule. Train traffic with the planned S4 to Bad Oldesloe and the continuation of the S21 to Kaltenkirchen would bring both states even closer. Albig and Scholz pointed to exemplary co-operation in science especially the European X-ray laser XFEL that goes into operation in Schenefeld this year and which is likely to add impetus to science and research in north Germany.

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