Nigeria Seeks Green Hydrogen Energy Dialogue with Germany

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Nigerian has expressed willingness to collaborate with Germany for the development of green hydrogen energy in the country.

Speaking at a symposium organized by the German international cooperation agency, (GIZ) through the German-Nigerian Hydrogen Office to foster cooperation between both countries in the field of green hydrogen (H2) as an alternative energy, Nigeria’s minister of power, Mr. Abubakar Aliyu said Nigeria is keen on any dialogue that will develop hydrogen energy.

“Nigeria is keen on exploring the possibilities that the nascent hydrogen economy could create for our energy transition, and we are very interested in establishing a fruitful dialogue with Germany on this topic”, the minister said.

This is coming in the face of global focus on transition from fossil fuel to cleaner energy sources.
He expressed gratitude for the existing cooperation between Nigeria and Germany in the framework of the energy partnership. Aliyu said his ministry looked forward to further cooperation, especially on renewable energy and hydrogen.

In his goodwill message, the director-general for climate diplomacy, economic affairs and technology, German Federal Foreign Office, Oliver Rentscheler said the new chapter in Germany/Nigeria relationship will enhance any dialogue on green hydrogen technology.

He said Germany is also ready to intensify the economic relations and dialogue on the “expansion of renewable energies between our countries.”

Highlighting the objectives of the project, the country director, GIZ Nigeria and ECOWAS Ms Ina Homers expressed her excitement and appreciation of the deliverables from the discussions.

“We are delighted to welcome the first public event of hydrogen office which aims to support Nigeria in exploring the potentials of green hydrogen and consequently foster the sustainable transformation of the country’s industry and economy,” she said.

In her comments, the head of the German-Nigerian Hydrogen Office, Ms. Gina Lagunes, recognized that Nigeria is a traditional fossil fuel exporting country with existing oil and gas infrastructure and capacity that can leverage on the new economy to transition towards sustainable energy.


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