Greek gas grid operator DESFA has unveiled plans to construct a €1 billion hydrogen pipeline connecting Greece to Bulgaria.
The joint project, which has gained initial approval from the European Commission, aims to establish a future European southeastern corridor for hydrogen transportation. With the potential to tap into abundant solar and wind energy resources, the pipeline would link hydrogen production regions to central Europe and southern Germany, catering to the growing demand for hydrogen by 2030.
The proposed hydrogen pipeline signifies a significant development for Greece, placing the country alongside Spain and Italy in their potential contributions to hydrogen infrastructure in the Mediterranean region. DESFA’s Chief Executive, Maria Rita Galli, emphasized the role of these countries in facilitating the hydrogen transition. By capitalizing on the vast renewable energy potential in the region, the pipeline aims to unlock the benefits of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy carrier.
Against the backdrop of geopolitical uncertainties and disruptions in gas supplies, Greece has emerged as a crucial transit route for natural gas, particularly to Bulgaria and central European countries. The proposed hydrogen pipeline builds on this strategic position, strengthening Greece’s role as an energy hub. With liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports surging through Greece’s LNG terminal, the country is poised to play a key role in diversifying energy sources and ensuring regional energy security.
The 540-kilometre pipeline, part of the envisioned European southeastern corridor, will leverage the abundant solar and wind resources in the region. By connecting regions with high hydrogen production potential to central Europe and southern Germany, the pipeline addresses the demand for clean energy sources in these areas. With the anticipated growth in hydrogen consumption by 2030, this infrastructure will enable the seamless transportation of hydrogen across Europe.
The hydrogen pipeline project aligns with the broader objective of transitioning to renewable energy sources in Europe. By capitalizing on the vast solar and wind energy potential, Greece and Bulgaria can leverage hydrogen as a clean and efficient energy carrier. The project opens new avenues for utilizing renewable energy in the form of hydrogen, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contributing to Europe’s climate goals.