Chile project

VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH and Total Eren signed a cooperation agreement in July 2022. Total Eren, a joint venture between Total Energies and the Eren Group, which promotes green projects worldwide and operates the associated facilities (2022: 3.5 GW in operation or under construction), would like to implement projects with strategic partners in local markets for the long-term purchase of hydrogen (H2) and derivatives. The aim of the cooperation agreement with VNG Handel & Vertrieb GmbH is to investigate the import of hydrogen in various work streams over the next few months and to conclude a supply contract. 


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Total Eren


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100.000t H2 per year

Cooperation in the hydrogen import project

The hydrogen is produced in Chile by electrolysis with renewable electricity through dedicated wind turbines. The H2 is transported by ship in the form of ammonia. In Germany, this is then either used directly as ammonia or converted back into H2. Total Eren assumes the role of H2 producer & transporter within the partnership. VNG Handel & Vertrieb receives the ammonia at the German coast.

As VNG Handel & Vertrieb, we will be particularly focussed in the coming months on securing supplies of ammonia in Germany and the sales prospects in Eastern Germany. 

With this partnership, we have reached an important milestone in our green gas strategy and can now take the first concrete steps towards the long-term diversification of our trading portfolio.

In order to be able to meet the future demand for green and decarbonised hydrogen in Germany, significant volumes will have to be imported from international sources in addition to national production projects. At VNG, we are positioning ourselves broadly in both areas and, with our partnerships, are taking concrete steps towards building a climate-neutral, sustainable energy supply in Germany and Europe.

Thomas Schrepffer, Head of Origination & Business Development Natural Gas/Hydrogen

Which VNG Group companies are involved?

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Did you know? Key facts & figures about the project:


> Through our hydrogen import project, we can achieve emissions avoidance of up to 5 million tonnes of CO2 per year.

Electrolysis capacity is 8 GW & energy generation 47,000 GWh per year.

Installed wind power capacity of up to 10 GW

Total Eren produces up to 800,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year in the Chile project & exports 4.4 million tonnes of ammonia.

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Press release

Further information on the Chile project can be found in the press release.

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