European Union has formally designated the second southern hydrogen corridor, linking Algeria to Germany via Tunisia, Italy, and Austria, as a “Project of Common Interest.” This classification not only expedites its implementation but also opens avenues for financial support.
The “SoutH2 Corridor,” managed by Italy’s Snam, is part of the sixth list of Projects of Common Interest, highlighting its role in connecting the energy systems of EU countries. These projects enjoy streamlined approval processes and, under certain conditions, access to European funding through Connecting Europe.
The project, developed by Snam, Austria’s TAG, and G.C. By 2030, aims to capitalize on existing gas transportation networks. By repurposing a significant portion of natural gas pipelines, the corridor seeks to facilitate cost-effective hydrogen transport, especially renewable hydrogen produced from wind and solar energy in the southern Mediterranean region.
Utilizing established pipelines not only ensures reliable hydrogen transportation but also provides convenient access to suitable locations for renewable hydrogen production. Countries along the corridor, including Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, and Austria, stand to benefit from this initiative by becoming key players in Europe’s green energy landscape.
Algeria, a key player in the project, sees the Southern Hydrogen Corridor as a strategic energy source. Minister of Energy and Mines, Mohamed Arkab, envisions Algeria playing a leading role in supplying electricity to Europe. The focus on solar energy aligns with Algeria’s commitment to pioneering projects that shape the future of the energy sector.