Beginning in 2030, a planned pipeline system will deliver hydrogen from the Baltic Sea to Baden-Württemberg.
Southwest-based systems are what the three long-distance network operators Gascade, Ontras, and Terranets BW seek to build. According to Gascade, northern Germany is anticipated to become the main location for hydrogen imports and hydrogen generation on land and in water.
By 2025, lines must be converted in a first step that will allow substantial amounts to be moved from Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania to Thuringia. By 2028, conversions in Hesse and Rhineland-Palatinate are anticipated, allowing for the transportation of hydrogen to Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria as early as 2030.
The project’s partners are primarily interested in converting existing natural gas pipelines. Initial plans call for 1,100 kilometers of lines with a feed-in capacity of 20 gigawatts. It ought to be about hydrogen that is climate neutral.
The project aims to provide points of contact for nations across Europe. Here, the Baltic Sea region is predominantly the area of interest. On the Danish island of Bornholm, for instance, there are plans to connect an offshore wind power center in 2027. From 2030, there will be connections to Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, and France. There are similar ideas for other European locations as well.