Renewable Hydrogen: GRTgaz-Fluxys cooperation

The two gas transmission operators Grtgaz and Fluxys are launching a call for interest from market players to develop the first open access renewable hydrogen transmission network between France and Belgium. This project is only the first step in a global European ambition to create a "European hydrogen backbone".

Through a joint press release, GRTgaz and Fluxys launch a call for interest to develop renewable hydrogen. This would consist of the creation of a cross-border transport network in the Hainaut region. The project prefigures the European reflection on interconnected renewable hydrogen transport networks between States.

Promoting the development of renewable hydrogen

First of all, this network should be located between the areas of Valenciennes in France and Mons in Belgium. The 70 km hydrogen transport infrastructure would contribute to decarbonizing an industrial basin. The ambition of the project is to connect the production and consumption operators of renewable hydrogen in this territory. This allows the emergence of a cross-border ecosystem of decarbonized hydrogen to ensure security of supply, flexibility and territorial dynamism.

Then, the first phase of the project is to create a call for interest to market players. This is to confirm the economic interest in setting up a transport infrastructure in the cross-border territory of Hainaut. This call for interest will ensure the realization of the first technical studies.

Finally, it is in view of this observation and the region’s strong potential for developing renewable hydrogen that GRTgaz and Fluxys are stepping up their cooperation. Thus, they want to work together on a proposal for a hydrogen pipeline infrastructure between the two countries.

A first step in the constitution of a global European policy

Firstly, the transport infrastructure put forward represents a first step for an ambitious policy in renewable hydrogen. In particular, for the development of an integrated European transport network. This project is consistent with the vision of the “European Hydrogen Backbone”. This brings together some 30 gas transport operators in Europe who want to ensure the security of supply of hydrogen consumers and the creation of a common European market.

Second, the context of the ecological transition is important. Renewable hydrogen is set to become a major energy carrier. This will be an essential tool for achieving the carbon neutrality objectives that Europe has set for itself by 2050.

In conclusion, the managers of both companies are ambitious and enthusiastic about the benefits of this partnership. This is notably the case of Thierry Trouvé, Managing Director of GRTgaz.

“This new partnership with Fluxys is a further step towards building a European hydrogen market. I am delighted with the cooperation with Fluxys on this joint cross-border project. It will help foster the hydrogen ecosystem. “

Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys, agrees with his colleague.

“At Fluxys, we are doing everything we can to help the hydrogen market develop rapidly. The partnership with GRTgaz is fully integrated into our overall approach to help build a key infrastructure for decarbonization across Belgium and to neighboring countries.”

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