As well as converting existing ferries to hydrogen fuel, the effort will also develop hydrogen refuelling capacity at the Old Harbour to support cruise ships running on the green fuel.
The industrial parks of Muuga Harbour and Paldiski South Harbour will be a big focus for the hydrogen plans.
Paldiski South Harbour, with its ice-free and existing port infrastructure, is also very suitable as a service port for offshore wind farms due to its location.
With the increase in the share of wind energy in Estonia, the infrastructure would also support the production of green hydrogen in Estonia.
Margus Vihman, chief commercial officer of Port of Tallinn, said:
- The wind farm service campus could be built in these ports in the future
- Also, the plan of building a hydrogen terminal could be attractive for the industries that do not produce energy themselves, but would like to take part in the green revolution and rebuild their production
- We are developing an attractive value proposition for both local and international investors
- The European Green Deal, ambitious climate goals and hydrogen strategy create a very good opportunity to build climate-friendly green infrastructure in Estonia with the support of the EU
The latter would enable the export and import of hydrogen in the Baltic Sea region, thus allowing the transition of the Estonian economy to clean energy sources.
In addition to focusing on the development of the hub, Estonia’s Port of Tallinn has also entered into an agreement with the port of Hamburg to develop a hydrogen infrastructure value chain.