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State Aid: ESA greenlights Norwegian hydrogen aid project



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The EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) has approved a total of NOK 25 million (approx. EUR 2.65 million) in state aid to support the development of hydrogen refuelling stations in the Norwegian county of Akershus.

Hydrogen-stations“The purpose of this scheme is to support a shift from fossil fuels to an environmentally friendly alternative in Norway,” says ESA President Sven Erik Svedman.

The five-year scheme aims to encourage the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel. Over time, Norwegian authorities hope to see an increase in the number of hydrogen cars and a reduction in the use of fossil fuels in the transport sector. 

Operators of hydrogen refuelling stations may apply for grants to cover the operating costs, or a share of these. Each beneficiary under the scheme can receive aid for a maximum of three years. The budget for each of the five years the scheme will run is NOK 5 million. 

Norwegian authorities also plan to grant investment aid to the refuelling infrastructure, which is a type of aid that is exempted from notification to ESA.

For more information, please see today's decision or contact:

Ms. Anne Vestbakke
Head of Communications
tel. +32 2 286 18 66
mob. +32 490 57 63 53

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