Guidehouse supports 11 European gas companies in launching a cost-effective hydrogen transport infrastructure plan
A week after the European Commission published its Hydrogen Strategy, highlighting the need to create a dedicated hydrogen pipeline network, a group of 11 European gas infrastructure companies from nine EU member states announced a plan for a dedicated hydrogen transport infrastructure.
In partnership with the gas infrastructure companies, Guidehouse launched the European Hydrogen Backbone plan, a report that shows how existing European gas infrastructure can be modified to transport hydrogen at an affordable cost. The report was discussed in a coordinating webinar, available for replay below.
The report illustrates a gradual hydrogen pipeline network expected emerge around the mid-2020s. By 2040, the experts foresee a hydrogen network of 23,000 km, 75% of which will consist of converted natural gas pipelines, connected by new pipeline stretches that account for the other 25%. Costs are estimated between €27 billion and €64 billion and the plan is expected to ultimately produce two parallel gas transport networks: a dedicated hydrogen network and a dedicated (bio)methane network.