Greece to Receive Hydrogen-Ready Turbo-Compression Technology for Pipeline

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Greece to Receive Hydrogen-Ready Turbo-Compression Technology for Pipeline

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Leading energy technology firm Baker Hughes (NASDAQ: BKR), on March 31, 2022, announced that it had won a contract to supply gas turbines and compressors with the ability to operate on a blend of hydrogen and natural gas.

Through a press release, the company said the contract was awarded by TERNA, the construction branch of the larger GEK TERNA Group, to supply compressors and turbines for a new compression station for the Greece Natural Gas Transmission System to meet the domestic gas demands in the country.

Baker Hughes' technology will boost the compression station to achieve the capability to transport up to 10% hydrogen. According to the company's press release, it will supply three compression trains consisting of three PCL compressors and three NovalT12-hydrogen ready turbines.

The station will begin operation in 2024. It aims to support the hydrogen strategy goals of the European Union, which targets to hasten clean hydrogen development to attain its role as a cornerstone of a neutral energy system by 2050.

Baker Hughes has extensive experience developing turbomachinery equipment to transport, utilize and compress hydrogen.

A collaboration of the company with Snam, an energy infrastructure network provider, in 2020 saw the introduction of the NovalT12 gas turbine with the ability to transport hydrogen-gas blends within its pipeline network in Italy.

The NovalT12 marked the first-ever project where a hydrogen turbine was integrated into a natural gas pipeline system.

According to Rod Christie, executive vice president of Turbomachinery and Process Solutions at Baker Hughes, technology is a pivotal point in energy transitions; hence the company's tech solutions help clients decarbonize their operations.

The company established its first hydrogen compressor in 1962 and has since grown rapidly over the years. Today, Baker Hughes' sophisticated technologies are critical in hydrogen production, transportation, and utilization.

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