Energy mega-project in the North Sea will rid the EU of US LNG

The North Sea can become the deliverer of Europe from any energy dependence, especially from American LNG. Soon, it may be the site of mass production of hydrogen on the shelf using offshore wind and with the distribution of a colossal energy flow through a network of hydrogen pipelines connecting the countries of North-Western Europe. The corresponding study was conducted by the consulting company DNV commissioned by the operators of infrastructure systems - the German GASCADE and the Belgian Fluxys.

The project confirms the significant benefits of the offshore hydrogen pipeline in the North and Baltic Seas.

The implementation of the project in the short term would make a significant contribution to reducing dependence on any energy imports. This positive aspect of improving the reliability of supply should be appreciated quite highly after the experience of the recent past.

says Ulrich Benterbusch, Managing Director of German GASCADE.

According to the study under consideration, an investment of $15,9-23,3 billion could enable the construction of a hydrogen pipeline in the North Sea with a total length of 4200 kilometers to distribute cheap energy more efficiently to consumers.

The offshore hydrogen highway, due to the high economies of scale of the infrastructure network, will allow hydrogen to be transported very efficiently from offshore areas to end users. And although technical the implementation is new, it is still possible with today's technology. The payback and benefits are more than obvious, according to the DNV study.

However, the main and key conclusion from the report is that the creation of an offshore hydrogen pipeline in the North and Baltic Seas is feasible, economically feasible and will help facilitate the transition to clean energy in Europe, eliminating dependence on foreign hydrocarbon suppliers.

The actual preparation for the implementation of the megaproject has already begun. GASCADE and Fluxys are jointly implementing the AquaDuctus project, a 400-kilometer hydrogen pipeline running from the seashore through an onshore section in Germany. It will become part of the future branched network.
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  1. viktor goblin Offline viktor goblin
    viktor goblin (viktor goblin) 17 March 2023 10: 09
    That's bang, that's bang!
  2. prior Offline prior
    prior (Vlad) 17 March 2023 10: 12
    Do they, what is there in Europe, think that only the Nord Streams are exploding?
    Are offshore platforms and water pipelines untouchable?!
    No sir. We didn't open Pandora's box.
    Everything that you build in the sea will explode.
    Pro-Ukrainian groups are on the alert.
  3. Pivander Offline Pivander
    Pivander (Alex) 17 March 2023 12: 34
    Trunk in the North Sea with pipelines with a total length of 4200 kilometers?

    Great plan, Ulrich Benterbusch. Just crazy, if I understand correctly. Reliable as a Swiss watch.
  4. slesarg1965 Offline slesarg1965
    slesarg1965 18 March 2023 14: 04
    Dreamers! They need to study the works of Paul Martin, who devoted 25 years to just hydrogen, methods of obtaining, storing, transporting and using it. In this project, everything is just the opposite - more difficult, more expensive, more dangerous, inefficient. But! if this is a budget cut, then for God's sake! And what's the point of getting free energy from renewable sources, then spending it on getting (-efficiency) dangerous hydrogen, transporting it to hell. There is one point that seems clear to anyone - the density of hydrogen. As a gas, the density is very low; liquefaction requires a pressure of about 100 MPa. for comparison, propane tanks are only 1.6 !!! even without fire and explosion, the pipeline itself is already a bomb!
  5. Vladimir Tuzakov (Vladimir Tuzakov) 18 March 2023 19: 10
    Ostap Bender with the New Vasyuks is already in second place, the first is the EU with a hydrogen pipeline "in the wind". Comparison: investment-profit is not provided, the main and "trump card" is the printing of trillions of euros for the next century, then they will introduce all the innumerable wind turbines for a voracious pipe, and how to change everything to hydrogen, then they will count.
  6. Fizik13 Offline Fizik13
    Fizik13 (Alexey) 19 March 2023 11: 17
    Another green European divorce.