Toronto Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) becomes chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on his planned trip to Canada from August 21, as the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection confirmed to the Handelsblatt. The federal government wants to deepen its energy partnership with Canada, to become less dependent on Russian gas supplies.
As several sources report, the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor's trip should primarily deal with the topic of green hydrogen and possible energy and scientific relationships. Green hydrogen is produced using renewable energies such as wind energy.
Green hydrogen was also a topic in May of this year when Habeck met with the Canadian Minister for Economic Affairs and Innovation, François-Philippe Champagne.
At that time, Habeck explained that Canada offers many opportunities, especially when it comes to connecting the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) with the switch to emission-free hydrogen in the future.
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On the east coast of Canada, in Newfoundland, for example, a large wind farm is planned to be used for hydrogen production. Canada has not yet had an LNG terminal suitable for export purposes to Europe.
So far, nothing is known about specific hydrogen projects, but the ministers announced at the time that they wanted to discuss the plans further during a visit by Habeck to Canada in the near future. This could now probably come at the end of August.
According to business circles, the CEO of SiemensEnergy, Christian Bruch, to accompany the Chancellor to Canada. The company has a plant near Montreal where the turbines for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline are serviced.
The maintenance and shipping of a Nord Stream 1 turbine had caused a stir in the past few weeks. The Russian government and the energy company Gazprom on one side and SiemensEnergy on the other hand accused each other of hindering the smooth delivery and installation.