Partnerships are a great way forward to enable decarbonisation of the gas sector. ENTSOG’s Members - the gas TSOs - are engaging in new partnerships and initiatives and are actively working together with various private stakeholders on projects aimed to offer sustainable solutions for the gas sector and of the whole EU economy. The Gas for Climate Initiative is one example of one such partnership group.
HyDeal is to enable hydrogen transport from Spain to France and, in a second step, to Germany. It aims for expansion with production in Tunisia and Italy, and transport via Italy.
PYCASSO looks at the potential to provide a mutualised territorial service of CO2 valorisation and storage for at least the 50 years to come. This programme enables the study of how South West France underground reservoirs, which have supplied France with gas for 60 years as well as the industrial basin that were built around this gas facility, can be a decarbonation solution of the industrial activity in the South West of France and the North of Spain.
In the ENERGY HUB we are not only dealing with ways of exporting CO2 to partner countries, but also with developing regional material cycles. Here, recycled carbon is a valuable and environmentally friendly alternative to oil, coal and natural gas - in the future also as a fuel and for plastics production.
A large scale CO₂ transport and storage service, the Aramis project is a cooperation between TotalEnergies, Shell, Energie Beheer Nederland (EBN) and Nederlandse Gasunie, aims to make a significant contribution to the energy transition by reducing CO₂ emissions for the hard-to-abate industries. It will do this by offering a decarbonisation solution for the industrial sectors by enabling the transport of CO₂ to depleted offshore gas fields under the North Sea.
The Northern Lights PCI is a commercial ship-based CO2 cross-border transport network. It connects European carbon capture initiatives with permanent carbon storage infrastructure under the Norwegian North Sea. PCI projects and participants can benefit from simplified permitting and the right to apply for EU funding from the Connecting Europe Facility programme. The Northern Lights PCI is linking project promoters located in seven European countries.
Porthos focuses on transporting and storing CO2 that is captured by various companies. The companies will supply their CO2 to a collective pipeline that runs through Rotterdam port area. The CO2 will then be pressurised in a compressor station, transported through an offshore pipeline to a platform in the North Sea and pumped in an empty gas field. In its early years, the project will be able to store 2 to 2.5 million tonnes of CO2 per year.
The Athos project aims to develop a public CO2-distribution network in the North Sea Canal area, enabling CCUS: the capture and transport of CO2, for usage or to be stored in empty gas fields under the North Sea. By doing so, Athos makes an important contribution to the Dutch climate objectives.
SNAM and Microsoft launch the first joint project on Cloud and IoT for the technological and sustainable development of energy networks. The “Hybrid Cloud” infrastructure will allow to leverage greater data processing capacity and IoT to manage network in an increasingly efficient and flexible way. The synergy will create a digital architecture capable of delivering some services from the Cloud, including commercial applications serving users of the gas system.
H-vision is working to set up plants that will soon be supplying industry with low-carbon hydrogen. This unique partnership extends through the entire chain, and includes three refineries, electric power companies and a number of knowledge partners that collaborate to accelerate the development of the new network. The first plant, with a capacity of approximately 750 MW, will be completed by late 2026. A second hydrogen plant can increase the total capacity to over 1,500 MW. In partnership with, Deltalinqs, Air Liquide, BP, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, ONYX-Power Rotterdam, EBN, Equinor, Shell, Uniper, Royal Vopak and ExxonMobil.
Hydrogen from a large-scale electrolysis shall be injected into the gas transmission network of ONTRAS. The energy will be commercially offered to reduce the CO2 footprint of private households. At later stages the hydrogen ratio in the gas supply of a community will be increased with the target of eventually switch to a 100% hydrogen.