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The meeting participants discussed the prospects for energy cooperation, including on hydrogen technologies, as well as potential new agreements in the fuel and energy sector.

Alexander Novak at a meeting with Federal Minister of Economy and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Altmeier

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Alexander Novak held talks with Federal Minister of Economy and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Altmeier. The meeting was also attended by the Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation Denis Manturov, the rector of the St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko and the ex-Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany Klaus Töpfer.

Despite the global conjuncture, it is important to continue developing relations between Russia and Germany on a wide range of energy issues, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized during the talks.

“We agreed that it is important to make joint projects in hydrogen energy. The Prime Minister of the Federal State of Saxony (FRG) Michael Kretschmer recently visited and proposed joint projects in the field of hydrogen. I will give the corresponding instruction to the Ministry of Energy of Russia, Denis Valentinovich Manturov is here, he hears us that we jointly propose one or two projects with which we would start. In this regard, I very much hope for the recently signed agreement with the Russian Ministry of Energy, the Declaration of Intentions for Cooperation in the Sphere of Sustainable Energy, ”stressed Alexander Novak.

Federal Minister of Economy and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Altmeier at a meeting with Alexander Novak

In addition to the project, the countries should not forget about the development of scientific cooperation, the Deputy Prime Minister continued. “We need to think about how to restore our cooperation and research projects. It is possible to restore projects in the development of technologies, in this direction we could obtain a synergistic effect, given that now it is necessary to refine the technologies of transmission and storage of energy, production, storage and transportation of new sources of energy, hydrogen, equipment for generating electricity as in modern gas turbine plants, and based on sun and wind. It is also necessary to work on the creation of testing grounds for technologies and projects. We think that it would be advisable to renew our agreement on cooperation in the field of energy, to formalize it with our joint acts, ”added Alexander Novak.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, it is necessary to continue working on joint energy projects.

“Including over Nord Stream 2, which is an important infrastructure project for many years to come, in which commercial companies are interested. Taking into account the fact that energy consumption in the world will grow, the project is important for Germany and the EU, ”he stressed.

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