German companies transform gas pipelines into hydrogen network

Three German gas distribution companies have joined forces to transform current gas pipelines into a hydrogen transportation network that links the north and south of the nation and surrounding countries.

The first section of the pipeline, which would link the eastern part of Thuringia to the northern port of Lubmin, was to be operational by 2025, according to announcements made by Gascade, Ontras, and Terranets. By 2028, Baden Wurttemberg and Bavaria would be further south, as would Rhineland-Palatinate.

The Flow project would employ existing high-pressure gas pipelines that span 1100 kilometers as a north-to-south route for carrying hydrogen. Up to 20 gigawatts of feed-in capacity might be provided by the infrastructure.

Bornholm, a Danish island, will be connected to the network in 2027, while Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and France will be connected starting in 2030.

The businesses have asked the European Union for the designation of Project of Common Interest, which would allow the bloc to fund the construction. The start of deliveries is anticipated for the end of 2024 in Europe.