Hydrogen Denmark applauds new Ørsted project

Big news, says Danish hydrogen lobby about the utility’s newly announced undertaking, however underlining that the project’s realization will require swift government action.
Photo: Brintbranchen
Photo: Brintbranchen

Trade association Hydrogen Denmark is pleased to hear news that Ørsted and partner Skovgaard Energy are planning to build a new electrolysis plant to make green hydrogen near the town of Holstebro in the nation’s northwestern region.

Certainly the largest blueprint of its kind at home, the undertaking is perhaps also among the biggest electrolysis developments globally.

”This is significant news. With the backing of such strong partners, this marks a potentially very important step toward achieving the wider green transformation,” comments Hydrogen Denmark Chief Executive Tejs Laustsen Jensen, also using the occasion to underline that this new development and a series of other Power-to-X endeavors require speedy resolution of policies pertaining to, for instance, infrastructure and tariffs.

”Nearly a year back, a broad majority of Danish parliament agreed to establish hydrogen infrastructure in Denmark. However, we still lack clarity on a number of decisive questions, also regarding financing. While deliberating, we can see several of our neighboring countries acting very quickly,” says Jensen, appealing to the country’s incoming government, still unformed amid protracted coalition talks, to take rapid decisions as soon as state power is vested.

”Upon formation, it’s crucial that the new government quickly resolve unaddressed questions regarding infrastructure, thereby allowing us to get started and, hopefully, have the pipes installed within a few years. Among other projects, Skovgaard Energy and Ørsted’s development requires certainty of infrastructure being in the works. The same is true about a thorough tariff overhaul needed to create a flexible basis for system integrating PtX projects,” the lobby’s director says, again emphasizing haste:

”We need to get the right framework conditions in place, and a shortage of renewable energy must never halt development of Danish PtX. So, it also behooves the new government to turbocharge implementation of agreements already made. Today’s news is yet another example of the big potential in Denmark. Although realization of this, both domestically and on a European scale, calls for action and improved engagement in the debate on industrial policy and regulation.”

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