The Norwegian Public Roads Administration has signed a contract with Torghatten Nord to operate hydrogen ferries between Bodø and Lofoten. The contract has a value of NOK 4.9 billion.
Torghatten Nord will operate the connection for 15 years, from 2025 to 2040, according to a press release.
The new ferries will reduce CO2 emissions at the Vestfjord connection by 26,500 tonnes annually compared with current ferries, which run on natural gas (LNG). That corresponds to the annual emissions from 13,000 diesel cars.
“I am proud that we will develop and operate hydrogen ferries on Norway’s longest and most weather-exposed ferry route,” Torkild Torkildsen, CEO in Torghatten Nord, stated.
The contract is the second in Norway of its kind. The first was the Hjelmeland-Nesvik connection in Rogaland, which will come into operation in 2022. However, the ferry connection across the Vestfjord will be Norway’s first with full-scale hydrogen ferries.
“Norway has ambitious goals and commitments in the climate area. On such connections as between Bodø and Lofoten, which take three hours across the Vestfjord, batteries are simply not good enough,” Minister of Transport Jon-Ivar Nygård (AP) stated in a press release.
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