EU Gas Companies Presented A Plan To Create A Hydrogen Transport Network For 64 Billion Euros
A group of 11 gas transport operators from nine EU countries presented a plan for the development of pan-European gas transport infrastructure, most of which is planned to be built based on existing gas pipelines.
The plan was developed by Enagas, Energinet, Fluxys Belgium, Gasunie, GRTgaz, NET4GAS, OGE, ONTRAS, Snam, Swedegas, and Terega with the support of Guidehouse, the companies said in a statement.
The companies expect that from the mid-2020s, a network will gradually begin to appear, which will form by 2030 into an initial system of 6800 km of gas pipelines connecting clusters of H2 consumption - "hydrogen valleys" (the authors of the release use an analogy with the American Silicon valley).
By 2040, European gas companies expect it to grow to 23 thousand km, of which 75% will be provided by the conversion of methane pipes and 25% will be built from scratch.
In the end, the existing gas transportation network must be transformed into two parallel networks: for hydrogen and methane gas (including biomethane).
Operators estimate the creation of a voiced hydrogen network at 27-64 billion euros.
In July, the European Union adopted a strategy for introducing renewable hydrogen. It involves supplementing the integrated energy system with the mass industrial production of renewable hydrogen. It can serve as a source of energy where the use of electricity is difficult. In the future, it will be produced mainly using wind and solar energy.
At the stage from 2020 to 2024 in the EU, it is planned to install hydrogen electrolyzers for at least 6 GW and produce up to 1 million tons of renewable hydrogen. At the stage from 2025 to 2030, hydrogen should become an integral part of an integrated energy system, in which the capacity for electrolysis of renewable hydrogen will be at least 40 GW.