German gas network providers OGE and Nowega are modifying a gas transport pipeline to transport hydrogen over long distances.
This development represents a crucial step in Germany’s ambitious green hydrogen strategy and is part of the GET H2 Nucleus project, funded by the European Union as an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI).
The transformation started at the compressor station in Emsbüren and focuses on the Emsbüren to Bad Bentheim and then Legden segments of the pipeline. During a two-day operation, natural gas is pumped from the selected pipe to another pipeline, and the natural gas network is disconnected from this section. In total, 46 kilometers of pipeline will undergo modification to make them suitable for transporting hydrogen. The expected timeline for hydrogen to flow through these pipelines is 2025.
The heart of this transformation lies in the GET H2 Nucleus project. This initiative seeks to establish a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure across Germany, and converting existing gas pipelines is a vital component of this endeavor. The project’s recognition as an IPCEI indicates its significance in advancing Europe’s common interests in the hydrogen sector.
In addition to the Emsbüren to Bad Bentheim and Legden segments, a natural gas pipeline running from Lingen to Bad Bentheim is also slated for conversion in November. In September, Nowega embarked on the construction of a new pipeline near Lingen as well.
Germany’s commitment to green hydrogen is unwavering. The country is pursuing an ambitious agenda for renewable hydrogen production, and this endeavor aligns with its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. By converting existing gas infrastructure, Germany can make use of its extensive pipeline network for the distribution of green hydrogen, reducing the need for entirely new infrastructure and capitalizing on existing investments.
The conversion of gas pipelines for hydrogen is a significant leap towards a greener and more sustainable future. Germany’s dedication to harnessing the potential of green hydrogen showcases its commitment to combatting climate change and advancing its position as an innovation leader in clean energy technologies.