The first test shipment of low-carbon ammonia from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to Germany has been successfully completed with its arrival at multi-metal manufacturer Aurubis.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA) handled the test cargo at the climate-neutral container terminal Altenwerder in Hamburg.
In March 2022, HHLA signed an agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to test the hydrogen transport chain from the United Arab Emirates to Germany.
The hydrogen supplied by ADNOC was shipped in the form of ammonia derived from hydrogen.
In September, the first container arrived on a Hapag-Lloyd ship at the port of Hamburg and was treated in a climate-neutral manner at Container Terminal HHLA Altenwerder (CTA).
With its port terminals, rail links and intermodal hub terminals across Europe, HHLA can ensure the safe import and regular transport of hydrogen and its derivatives.
The ammonia from the first test cargo will be used by the Hamburg-based company Aurubis for climate-neutral conversion trials of gas-intensive copper wire production, thus replacing fossil fuels in the long term.
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Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Special Climate Envoy and Minister for Industry and Advanced Technology, Dr Robert Habeck, German Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr Peter Tschentscher, Hamburg’s First Mayor, Michael Westhagemann, Hamburg’s Senator for Economy and Innovation, Roland Harings, CEO of Aurubis and Torben Seebold, Board Member of HHLA, honored the successful delivery of the test at an event today.
Torben Seebold, HHLA Board Member, said, “At HHLA, we are very proud to be part of the joint and successful development of a secure supply chain for hydrogen carriers from the UAE to Germany.
“In order to use hydrogen and its derivatives as an energy carrier on a large scale in the future, we need a reliable, climate-neutral and efficient transport chain from producing countries such as the United Arab Emirates to customers in Germany and Europeans.”
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Over the next few months further test deliveries of low carbon ammonia will be shipped to other customers in Germany.
Two years ago, HHLA launched the HHLA Hydrogen Network project to identify the potential for hydrogen within its own business segments and beyond.
Hydrogen as an energy carrier can make a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of logistics. As a European logistics group, HHLA is positioned in the field of hydrogen import and distribution.