Port of Tallinn turns into hydrogen hub of Baltic Sea

2021/08/30 at 8:53 AM

Port of Tallinn has declared its intention to become the hydrogen hub of the Baltic Sea. To this end, the port operator will establish a dedicated storage facility. This will result in the transformation of the transport sector in both Estonia and the entire region.

Meeting the strategic goals of the European Green Deal, Tallinna Sadam, the company that runs the largest port of Estonia, is planning to build a hydrogen terminal. Two of the four port areas are most likely to place the future storage facility to handle zero-emission fuel. They are the industrial parks of Paldiski South Harbour and Muuga Harbour, which are located west- and eastwards from the city core. “We are developing an attractive value proposition for both local and international investors,” explained Margus Vihman, a chief commercial officer of Tallinna Sadam.

Two areas

Each of the two mentioned areas has its specific advantages. Paldiski South Harbour is ice-free and is suitable as a service port for offshore wind farms. Wind-generated electricity could be used for the production of green hydrogen. Meanwhile, Muuga Harbour is located closer to the city core of Tallinn. As a result, this area could become a bunkering facility for the hydrogen-powered ferries and cruise ships as well as a transit hub for moving hydrogen into the hinterland via the Rail Baltica, which is under construction now. To develop hydrogen infrastructure, Tallinna Sadam has already concluded several partnerships including that with the Port of Hamburg.

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