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Alternatives to Russian gas: Energy partnership: Habek travels to Canada with Scholz in August

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Robert Habeck (left) and Olaf Scholzo

Vice-Chancellor Habeck and the Chancellor will travel to Canada together.

(Photo: Imago / Emmanuel Contini)

Toronto Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) will accompany Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) on his planned visit to Canada from August 21, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection confirmed to Handelsblatt. The federal government is looking to deepen its energy partnership with Canada to become less dependent on Russian gas supplies.

As several sources report, the visit of the Chancellor and the Chancellor should deal primarily with the topic of green hydrogen and potential energy and the scientific relationship. Green hydrogen is produced using renewable energy such as wind power.

Green hydrogen was also a topic in May this year when Habek met with Canada’s Minister of Economic Affairs and Innovation, François-Philippe Champagne.

At the time, Habeck explained that Canada offers many opportunities, especially when it comes to linking liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies with the switch to emission-free hydrogen in the future.

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In Newfoundland, on Canada’s east coast, for example, there are plans to use a large wind farm for hydrogen production. Canada does not yet have a suitable LNG terminal for export purposes to Europe.

So far, nothing is known about specific hydrogen projects, but ministers announced at the time that they wanted to discuss further plans during Habeck’s visit to Canada in the near future. It might now come at the end of August.

According to Business Circle, Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch will accompany the chancellor to Canada. The company has a plant near Montreal to service the turbines for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline.

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Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) with Siemens Energy CEO Christian Bruch (right) tours serviced turbines in Canada.

(Photo: DPA)

Nord Stream 1 Turbine maintenance and shipping has caused a stir over the past few weeks. The Russian government and the energy company Gazprom on the one hand and Siemens Energy on the other have accused each other of obstructing smooth delivery and installation. During a visit to the turbine with CEO Bruch, Scholz blamed Russia for the delay in returning the gas turbine.

More: Gas turbines can be delivered: Chancellor Scholz counters Putin hoax

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