Gasunie's hydrogen pipeline between Dow and Yara has been brought into operation.
The pipeline from Terneuzen and Sluiskil represents the first time that an existing main gas transported pipeline has been modified for hydrogen transport.
Hydrogen for industrial use will be exchanged via the pipeline, which is no longer being used to transport gas.
The 12km pipeline was the subject of agreements signed in March between Dow, Yara, ICL-IP and Gasunie Waterstof Services.
In the summer of 2017 connections were made at Dow and Yara and the gas transport pipeline was modified at a few points making it suitable for transporting hydrogen. The pipeline was then filled with hydrogen. It is now being used commercially for transporting more than four kilotons of hydrogen per year. Transporting hydrogen to ICL-IP at a later stage is also part of the plan.
Gasunie CEO Han Fennema says: 'This hydrogen pipeline highlights an important point in our history. This is the first time that an existing gas transported pipeline has been modified for transporting a different gas to natural gas.
'Gas infrastructure plays a connecting and facilitating role in the energy transition. We will be transporting different energy carriers, such as hydrogen and green gas, increasingly through our pipelines in the future.'
He adds that the network may have a capacity of 10 gigawatts or more by 2030.
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