Denmark reduces alert level for energy facilities

The Danish Energy Agency (Energistyrelsen) has asked national infrastructure operator Energinet to reduce its threat alert level from orange to yellow.

Denmark reduces alert level for energy facilities
One of Denmark's gas storage facilities. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix

The change in alert level is based on an “overall impression of the threat situation”, the Energy Agency said in a statement.

Energinet is responsible for the overall operation of Denmark’s electricity and gas supply system.

At the end of September, the Energy Agency requested a higher alert level following explosions at the Nord Stream gas pipelines near Danish island Bornholm in the Baltic Sea.

Orange, the second-highest level, means that companies in the sector are to be alert to security at their facilities.

The higher alert level means that “the physical security of vital buildings and installations is checked,” Danish Energy Agency director Kristoffer Böttzauw told news wire Ritzau last month.

“You make sure that fences are intact, that security cameras are working and that there are regular patrols. And you limit access as much as possible,” he said.

At yellow level, “extraordinary contingencies” are reduced, but alert is still raised meaning increased surveillance is still in place.

The threat level rating by the energy authority is based on a range of parameters including assessments issued by national intelligence agency FE.

READ ALSO: Denmark’s energy infrastructure on alert after Nord Stream gas leakages 

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Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Germany and Denmark will work together to construct a pipeline to transport hydrogen between the two countries, ministers announced on Friday.

Denmark and Germany announce plans for hydrogen pipeline

Danish climate minister Lars Aagaard and German counterpart, Minister for the Economy and Climate Robert Habeck, briefed press on Friday after signing a declaration which could see a hydrogen pipeline between the countries completed by 2028.

“A big thank you to Germany when it comes to questions of energy and climate,” Aagaard said.

“We have the same interests in so many areas. Today we are taking it one step further,” he continued.

The declaration means the countries will work on an underground hydrogen pipeline between the Danish region of West Jutland and northern Germany.

The agreement sets out the general framework for the plan and who will lead it, according to Danish news wire Ritzau.

A Danish-German partnership over a hydrogen pipeline can be seen in a broader context of the Danish government’s plans relating to Power-to-X technology.

Power-to-X is the process by which electricity and water are converted into hydrogen using electrolysis. The hydrogen which is produced can be used as fuel in a number of ways, including as power for ferries, trucks and industry.

An agreement passed by the Danish parliament last year aims to build electrolysis capacity in the Nordic country to 4-6 gigawatts by 2030.

Germany already uses a large amount of hydrogen in its industry and will eventually need to convert from fossil fuel-produced hydrogen to hydrogen produced from sustainable sources such as wind and solar.

Demand for hydrogen power in Denmark is currently more limited.