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Polish Gas Provider Gaz-System Joins the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

By September 15, 2020 3   min read  (482 words)

September 15, 2020 |

Gaz System Joins ECHA

The European Commission has approved the application for GAZ-SYSTEM to join the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (ECH2A). It is another initiative after signing a letter of intent in July this year on establishing a partnership for building a hydrogen economy in Poland, in which GAZ-SYSTEM is involved.

The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance was established by the European Commission to support the implementation of investments and the creation of a hydrogen economy in the European Union in line with the assumptions of the European Hydrogen Strategy published in July this year. The Alliance is to play a fundamental role in supporting investment activities carried out along the entire value chain, including production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen in individual sectors of the economy (e.g. transport, industry, energy, heating). If necessary, the Clean Hydrogen Alliance will take measures to support the labor market and adapt it to the needs of the hydrogen economy. The alliance will include representatives of industry, national, regional and local authorities and civil society.

GAZ-SYSTEM takes an active part in shaping the dialogue on the implementation of the assumptions of the European Green Deal. Through our membership in the Alliance, we would like to show how natural gas can play an important role in the energy transformation in Poland and the entire EU – said Tomasz Stępień, President of the Management Board of GAZ-SYSTEM.

GAZ-SYSTEM, as the operator of the transmission system, is taking steps to enable the use of natural gas as a low-emission energy source, supporting the implementation of the European Union’s climate policy objectives in the long term. Moreover, GAZ-SYSTEM is also strongly involved in research and development projects aimed at implementing new ways of operating the gas infrastructure. These activities include adaptation of assets for the collection and transport of renewable and decarbonised gases, including hydrogen.

More information on the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is available at https://www.ech2a.eu/.

GAZ-SYSTEM is a strategic company for the Polish economy. We are responsible for the transmission of natural gas and manage the most important gas pipelines in Poland. As part of the 2015-2025 investment program, GAZ-SYSTEM plans to build over 2,000 km of new gas pipelines in western, southern and eastern Poland. Further expansion of the national transmission network, including the construction of new gas pipelines as part of the North-South Gas Corridor, as well as the construction of interconnections with neighboring countries will strengthen Poland’s energy security and will constitute a significant contribution to the development of the European transmission system.

The company implements one of the most important infrastructural projects in the country – the Baltic Pipe project, consisting in the construction of a two-way sea gas pipeline connecting Poland and Denmark and the expansion of the local transmission network.

GAZ-SYSTEM is also the owner of Polskie LNG, which manages the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, President Lech Kaczyński.

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