Gasunie and Energinet Advances Collaboration on Hydrogen Infrastructure

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Gasunie and Energinet Advances Collaboration on Hydrogen Infrastructure

Mon, 09/05/2022 - 09:57
Waving flags of Denmark and Germany (© Shutterstock/esfera)
Waving flags of Denmark and Germany (© Shutterstock/esfera)

Energinet and Gasunie on September 1, 2022, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the preparations for cross-border hydrogen infrastructure between Denmark and Germany.

The key areas highlighted in the MoU include a joint approach toward creating a network development plan based on the techno-economic pre-feasibility study and the latest market trends in both demand and supply.

"Hydrogen infrastructure enables us to fully utilize and export some of the vast renewable energy resources in Denmark and to deliver on the Esbjerg declaration. In Energinet, we already sense a strong market interest in being able to supply the German hydrogen market with green hydrogen produced in Denmark – and the ambition is to realize this before 2030. A lot must fall in place before then, so I am very happy that we are now committed to speed up the preparatory efforts and through that support the European energy security" said Søren Dupont Kristensen, CEO of Energinet System Operator.

According to Gasunie Deutschland, CEO Jens Schumann, the strategic value of intensified hydrogen cooperation between the Germany and Denmark is associated with the well-developed, high-performance infrastructure that already links the two neighboring countries.

In May 2022, Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands signed a joint agreement to deliver over 65 GW of offshore wind energy by 2030 and extend capacity to over 150 GW by 2050. In reference to the Esbjerg declaration, the German and Danish governments signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) to promote collaboration on green hydrogen.

The two companies performed a technical feasibility study in 2021, which indicated that Denmark could supply up to 25 percent of future Germany's hydrogen demand. Similarly, Energinet has initiated a study to determine the possibility of having a "hydrogen backbone" in the western region of Denmark.

Energinet and Gasunie have had notably long and good cooperation in gas export. However, the development of the regulatory structure is ongoing in both countries, and it's still yet to be established which country will become a hydrogen network operator.

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