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Gasunie Starts First Hydrogen Gas Pipeline

By November 29, 2018 3   min read  (563 words)

November 29, 2018 |

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It is the first time that an existing main gas pipeline has been made suitable for the transport of hydrogen.

  • Transport of hydrogen between Dow Benelux and Yara started
  • First transport pipeline Gasunie made suitable for hydrogen transport
  • Decline in energy use: 0.15 PJ per year; similar to the annual gas consumption of 3,000 households. CO2 saving 10,000 tons

Gasunie's hydrogen pipeline between Dow Benelux and Yara has been put into service. It is the first time that an existing main gas pipeline has been made suitable for the transport of hydrogen. Hydrogen for industrial use is exchanged via the pipeline via a gas transport pipeline that is no longer in use. The underground transport via the gas network ensures efficient and safe transport of hydrogen.

The 12-kilometer-long hydrogen pipeline, on which agreements were signed in March 2018 between Dow, Yara, ICL-IP and Gasunie Hydrogen Services, has been put into operation. Last summer, the connections at Dow and Yara were made and the gas transport pipeline was adjusted on a few points so that it is suitable for the transport of hydrogen. Then the pipe is filled with hydrogen. The pipeline is now used on a commercial basis for transport of more than four kilotons of hydrogen per year. It is the intention that hydrogen will also be transported to ICL-IP at a later date.

Anton van Beek, Area President Benelux, UK and Nordic: “Promoting a circular economy by closing commodity chains is one of Dow's spearheads. With this special project from the Smart Delta Resources platform, we prove that cross-sector cooperation from the region contributes to a sustainable society. “

“This project is an excellent example of cooperation between regional industry and companies. It is another step further in the energy transition, “says Michael Schlaug, general manager / plant manager at Yara Sluiskil.

“This hydrogen pipeline marks an important point in our history. It is the first time that an existing gas transport pipeline has been made suitable for the transport of a gas other than natural gas, “adds Gasunie CEO Han Fennema. “Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. In the future, we will increasingly transport other energy carriers through our pipelines, such as hydrogen and green gas . As an independent grid operator, we can connect and transport hydrogen from various suppliers to the large industrial clusters in the Netherlands. In 2030 this network can have a capacity of 10 Gigawatt or more. “

Dow and Yara Hydrogen Pipeline

Decline in energy consumption & CO2 savings

Hydrogen gas from the Dow cracking plant flows through the hydrogen pipeline in Zeeland and is used as a raw material for high-quality Yara products. ICL-IP also received a connection to the pipeline for future purchase of hydrogen from the pipeline. Hydrogen transport via the pipeline results in a decrease in the energy consumption of initially 0.15 petajoules (PJ) per year, which corresponds to the annual gas consumption of approximately 3,000 households. In addition, it already delivers CO2 savings of 10,000 tons, with a perspective on upscaling.

Green Deal 'Hydrogen for the region'

The collaboration is part of the Industry cooperation for sustainable growth within the Smart Delta Resources platform, which is facilitated by the Zeeland development company Impuls, the port company North Sea Port and the provinces of Zeeland and East Flanders. In 2016, the cooperating parties signed the Green Deal 'Hydrogen for the region' of which the commissioning of this pipeline is the first result.

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