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Market parties and transmission system operators from the Netherlands and Germany want accelerated cross-border hydrogen infrastructure to connect Dutch hydrogen production and import with German industry. To reinforce its importance, Dutch and German infrastructure companies, energy companies and governments today signed agreements in Duisburg on developing a hydrogen corridor between the Netherlands and Germany and its use.
The signings took place during King Willem-Alexander’s visit to several hydrogen projects in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia. Parallel to the King’s working visit, some 40 Dutch companies took part in a hydrogen economic mission led by State Secretary for Economic Affairs Hans Vijlbrief.
Agreements on cross-border hydrogen network to make German industry more sustainable
Under the watchful eye of King Willem-Alexander, Dutch Gasunie subsidiary Hynetwork Services and German transmission system operators Open Grid Europe and Thyssengas signed a cooperation agreement on the connection of the national hydrogen networks between the Netherlands and Germany. At the subsequently organised ‘H2 Connect event’, six energy companies, bp, Uniper, E.ON/Essent, Onyx Power, Equinor and ENGIE, signed a Memorandum of Understanding in which they expressed their intention to transport hydrogen via the Netherlands to (industrial) customers in Germany, including North Rhine-Westphalia. Moreover, German energy company EnBW and Rotterdam’s import terminal ACE Terminal there announced plans to cooperate to supply hydrogen from ACE Terminal’s planned facilities at the Port of Rotterdam to German end-users.