First hydrogen filling station

August 23, 2006, 15:30 CEST

It is now possible to fill up with hydrogen at Statoil's service station at Forus near Stavanger. Chief executive Helge Lund and transport minister Liv Signe Navarsete were present at the inauguration today, 23 August.

Transport minister Liv Signe Navarsete fills up.

The hydrogen filling station, which is Norway's first, will contribute to increased knowledge and practical experience of hydrogen as a fuel. It forms part of the national HyNor - The Hydrogen Road of Norway project, set to run between Stavanger and Oslo. The project will make it possible to drive hydrogen-powered vehicles between the two cities by 2009.

"This project is a good example of cooperation between the authorities, organisations, the research community and business," said transport minister, Liv Signe Navarsete, during the inauguration.

Hydrogen, natural gas and naturalhy can be filled at the station. Naturalhy is a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas. The Norwegian-produced sports car Fyk which was unveiled on 21 August, runs on naturalhy.

The opening of the dedicated hydrogen and naturalhy pumps takes place as part of the Offshore Northern Seas (ONS) oil exhibition and conference arranged in Stavanger from 22-25 August.

During the conference, different hydrogen-powered vehicles will be demonstrated and tested on the Hydrogen Planet, a test area with a track near Statoil's head office at Forus.