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The parties discussed the outlook 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 for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Altmaier

Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak had a meeting with German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier. Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis Manturov, Rector of St Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko and former German Federal Environment Minister Klaus Toepfer also attended the meeting.

Despite the global situation, it is important to continue developing Russian-German ties on a wide range of energy issues, the Deputy Prime Minister emphasized during the talks.

“We agreed it is important to implement joint projects in hydrogen energy. Minister President of Saxony Michael Kretschmer recently visited Russia and proposed a few joint hydrogen energy projects. I will give a corresponding instruction to the Russian Ministry of Energy – Denis Manturov can hear us now – so that we jointly propose one or two projects of our own for a start. In this regard, I am relying on the Joint Declaration of Intent on sustainable energy cooperation recently signed with the Russian Energy Ministry, ”Alexander Novak stressed.

Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of the Federal Republic of Germany Peter Altmaier at a meeting with Alexander Novak

Alongside project cooperation, the two countries should not forget about expanding scientific cooperation, the Deputy Prime Minister continued. “We need to think about ways to restore our cooperation and research projects. It is possible to revive projects for the development of technologies. We could obtain a synergistic effect there, given that many important technologies require refining, such as energy transmission and storage, the production, storage and transport of new energy resources, hydrogen, and power generation equipment for modern gas turbine plants, as well as for solar and wind facilities. We also need to build testing grounds for new technologies and projects. We think it would be advisable to renew our energy cooperation agreement, and complement it with our joint acts, ”Alexander Novak added.

According to the Deputy Prime Minister, Russia and Germany need to continue working on joint energy projects.

“I am referring to, among others, Nord Stream 2, which is an important infrastructure project intended for many years to come, something that interests commercial companies. Given that energy consumption in the world will grow, if anything, this project is important for Germany and for the European Union, ”he stressed.

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