ROSEN Group has undertaken a comprehensive research initiative commissioned by the Energy Institute to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with repurposing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen.

The study aims to bridge existing knowledge gaps, paving the way for a seamless transition to hydrogen as a key player in the global energy landscape.

As the world grapples with the imperative shift toward cleaner energy sources, the conversion of existing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen transport stands out as a critical aspect of the energy transition. ROSEN, renowned for its expertise in asset integrity, has partnered with the Energy Institute to delve into this complex arena. The primary goal is to identify and address the unique challenges posed by hydrogen and create a guidance document. This document will serve as a compass for pipeline operators and energy companies, ensuring the safe integration of hydrogen into their current infrastructure.

Neil Gallon, Principal Engineer at ROSEN, emphasizes the importance of recognizing the distinctive characteristics of hydrogen. While operators are well-versed in managing threats associated with natural gas infrastructure, hydrogen introduces new considerations. Gallon notes, “As hydrogen is a relatively new energy source, there are some knowledge gaps that need to be addressed to safely utilize existing assets during the transition to a decarbonized future.”

The collaborative research effort involves an extensive literature review encompassing ongoing technical work, joint industry projects, and global research initiatives related to repurposing natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen. The focus of the study spans pipelines and associated installations, encompassing the journey from the hydrogen production plant to the customer’s inlet valves.

Marion Erdelen-Peppler, Global Business Line Manager for Hydrogen at ROSEN, underscores the company’s commitment to aiding operators in navigating the challenges of the energy transition. Leveraging ROSEN’s unique inspection and testing data pool, Erdelen-Peppler highlights the capability to assess the urgency and relevance of knowledge gaps outlined in the Energy Institute report. The envisioned guidance document emerges as a crucial tool for industry stakeholders.

The accompanying image showcases ROSEN’s hydrogen laboratory in Lingen, Germany, where material and exposure tests in a hydrogen atmosphere can be conducted. This state-of-the-art facility symbolizes ROSEN’s commitment to practical research and testing, reinforcing its role as an industry leader.

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