ASTANA – Hyrasia One, a subsidiary of the Svevind Energy Group, and the Sarzha multifunctional marine terminal of Semurg Invest have entered into an agreement to transport pure hydrogen and ammonia from the Kuryk port in western Kazakhstan to Europe. The agreement was signed on Oct. 25 during the Global Gateway Forum in Brussels, as announced by the press service of the Kazakh Transport Ministry.
The agreement paves the way for storing, transporting, and exporting products generated from a green hydrogen production project situated along the Caspian Sea to global markets. Furthermore, Hyrasia One has intentions to construct several infrastructure facilities to facilitate the delivery of finished products to the port.
Wolfgang Kropp, Svevind Energy CEO, emphasized the significant role of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) for Europe, highlighting its capability to transport up to 11 million tons of ammonia annually.
“The agreement allows us to further develop transportation capacity and transportation opportunities around the world. For Europe, in particular, the Trans-Caspian route is of paramount importance,” said Kropp.
Kropp further mentioned that positioning the Kuryk port as an international hydrogen terminal is vitally important for tapping into potential markets in regions like Asia and the Middle East.
He also hinted at exploring other transportation avenues, which might include rail or a mix of rail and sea transport.
Business Development Director at Semurg Invest, Madina Anet, expressed confidence that the company’s first terminal for the export of green hydrogen and ammonia in the Caspian Sea along the TITR will play a key role in this value chain, putting Kazakhstan on the map of green projects on a global scale.
Kazakh Minister of Transport Marat Karabayev noted that this agreement will facilitate the construction of another Sarzha multifunctional terminal.
During the transport corridors sessions at the Global Gateway Forum, Karabayev emphasized the growing significance of the TITR. Last year, this route saw a doubling in the volume of cargo transported between the European Union, Central Asia, and China.
Established in 2017, the TITR International Association includes member countries such as Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, China, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland, Romania, and Türkiye.
Karabayev noted that recently, countries including Austria, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, and Lithuania have shown interest in becoming members of the association.
The Global Gateway Forum 2023 convened key figures such as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, senior representatives from EU governments, partner nations, financial organizations, and entrepreneurs. The forum’s main focus was on the transition to green energy and hydrogen, infrastructure evolution, critical raw material resources, and transport corridors.