Gasunie Initiates 746-Mile Hydrogen Network Construction in the Netherlands

(P&GJ) — Gasunie has initiated the construction of a national hydrogen network in the Netherlands. This $1.6 billion project, commissioned by the Dutch government, aims to establish a comprehensive hydrogen infrastructure covering 1,200 kilometers (746 miles).

The network, strategically positioned to connect major industrial users in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, positions the Netherlands as a potential hub for renewable energy in northwest Europe. The Dutch government commissioned Gasunie last year to develop the hydrogen network.

The construction commenced at Rotterdam's Tweede Maasvlakte industrial park, with the first section spanning over 30 kilometers from Tweede Maasvlakte to Pernis expected to be operational by 2025. Utilizing sustainable equipment and innovative technology like HyTap, Gasunie is leading the way in ensuring a zero-emission approach to construction.

The national hydrogen network will repurpose existing natural gas pipelines and link to large-scale hydrogen production facilities, import terminals at seaports, and companies transitioning to hydrogen for sustainable operations. This strategic initiative is a crucial step in making industries and heavy transport more environmentally friendly.

Han Fennema, CEO of Gasunie, expressed pride in the project, marking it as a milestone in the transition to a more sustainable energy supply. The national hydrogen network, a key element in the Netherlands' high hydrogen ambitions, is expected to play a pivotal role in the region's journey towards a sustainable future.

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