Gasunie to administer future hydrogen network in North Sea

House Hydrogen Gasunie to administer future hydrogen network in North Sea

June 10, 2024,

Aida Čučuk

Energy infrastructure firm Gasunie is the intended network operator for the lengthy lag hydrogen network in the North Sea, Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy Coverage Rob Jetten has launched in a letter to the Condo of Representatives.

Courtesy of Gasunie

In this letter on the North Sea Energy Infrastructure Realizing 2050, Jetten wired the importance of designating an intended operator to safeguard public interests, Gasunie said, including that the designation additionally reassures the market that infrastructure will almost definitely be on hand.

In accordance with Gasunie, with the extra instruct of offshore wind from 2030, onshore as well to offshore hydrogen production turns into fundamental.

The firm claimed: “From 2030 onwards, this can become extra and extra stressful to transmit the final wind power generated offshore to land in the develop of electrical energy. That is the attach hydrogen is available in as a immense different, given the transmission skill offered by gasoline pipelines and the actual fact that hydrogen is somewhat easy to retailer.”

“Here is critical if we’re going to must accumulate ample energy on hand, additionally when the wind is no longer blowing or the sun is no longer shimmering. Besides the benefits for the energy system, offshore hydrogen additionally procedure that fewer cables and electrolysers will almost definitely be wished on land. On high of that, hydrogen transmission is extremely (rate-)atmosphere pleasant, which procedure that this can carry down the final energy infrastructure prices. An added earnings is that these pipelines in the North Sea can additionally be feeble to import hydrogen from totally different North Sea countries.”

Gasunie CEO Willemien Terpstra commented: “We’re overjoyed that the authorities has placed its belief in Gasunie and intends to save Gasunie this a must-accumulate role of offshore hydrogen network operator. We’re ready, upright love we are doing onshore with the nationwide hydrogen network, to bag to work to create a network in the North Sea, that could per chance perhaps no longer easiest accumulate comely connections to our nationwide network nonetheless additionally to our neighbouring countries. Evidently, we’re going to be taking a peek into whether and, if this is the case, how we can reuse the fresh North Sea gasoline infrastructure.”

To remind, Gasunie began work on the construction of the Dutch nationwide hydrogen network in 2023, primarily by repurposing fresh natural gasoline pipelines. From 2030, the network is expected to connect the Netherlands’ fundamental industrial areas to every totally different and to Germany and Belgium.

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