German Gascade and Belgian Fluxys Speed up Plans for North Sea Hydrogen Pipeline
Pipeline operators Fluxys and Gascade, said they have applied for fast-tracked approvals and funding from the European Commission to help speed up the implementation of a green hydrogen pipeline in the North Sea, Reuters reported.
In Monday's joint statement, the two pipeline companies said they were working to speed up the development of the hydrogen economy to help Germany and the European Union transition to renewables, produce, import and market green hydrogen manufacture using solar and wind power.
Belgium's Fluxys and Germany's Gascade are seeking Project of Common Interest (PCI) status from the EU, which could see them enjoy an accelerated approval procedure and funding. The companies' 400-kilometre pipeline, AquaDuctus, could be used as a collection path for electricity generated from an offshore wind power station, which could be converted to green hydrogen on-site by electrolysis plants.
According to the companies' statement, shipments from the wind park SEN-1 in the North Sea would begin in 2030, with wind farms located further offshore in Germany's exclusive economic zone in the North Sea expected to be connected to the pipeline to transport the hydrogen from other plants operated by other countries such as Britain, or Norway into Germany.