Norway’s Vestland Evaluating Hydrogen Value Chain


Source: Hexagon Purus Maritime

Ocean Hyway Cluster and partners are exploring the potential for retrofitting PSVs for hydrogen or ammonia fuel, including what value a local industry could create for Vestland in western Norway.

Retrofitting existing ships to adopt zero-emission fuels can help speed up emission reductions in the maritime industry, and the Vestland region in Norway, including the city of Bergen, is a key hub for offshore vessels. Considering this, the Ocean Hyway Cluster started a one-year project in November 2023 to evaluate how Vestland could create value for the region’s shipowners, shipyards, ports, fuel producers and equipment suppliers through new fuel retrofit projects. The analysis will focus on technology, economics, and market potential.

By building and sharing knowledge and competence, the retrofit project aims at lowering the threshold for implementation of zero emission fuels, particularly in the offshore vessel segment. This includes building new value chains and industrial synergies.

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