Fluxys Belgium: GRTgaz and Fluxys want to develop the first open-access cross-border hydrogen transport network between France and Belgium

This partnership between GRTgaz and Fluxys is based on the consultations carried out in France and Belgium in 2021-2022 to assess the hydrogen transport needs of market players. As such, the two gas transmission system operators have decided to launch a call for the development of an open-access cross-border network for the transport of carbon-free hydrogen in Hainaut, more precisely between the territories of Valenciennes in France. and Mons in Belgium. .

Constituting the first hydrogen infrastructure between Belgium and France, this network would extend over approximately 70 km and would contribute to decarbonizing this area known for its strong common industrial heritage. This project marks the first step in the development of interconnected networks transporting low-carbon hydrogen in Europe, as envisaged by the European Hydrogen Backbone initiative.

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The project aims to connect emerging low-carbon hydrogen production and consumption projects in this area and foster the development of a cross-border low-carbon hydrogen ecosystem that provides security of supply, flexibility and boost locally through a shared network infrastructure.

The first phase of the project includes a market consultation to confirm the economic interest of setting up transport infrastructure in the border region of Hainaut. This will allow the first technical studies to be carried out.

After carrying out an initial consultation of the hydrogen market in France and Belgium in 2021-2022, during which the two companies discussed with market players on their transmission infrastructure needs, GRTgaz and Fluxys identified the Valenciennes Basin in France and Greater Mons including La Louvière and Feluy in Belgium as a region with considerable potential for hydrogen development.

Based on this observation, GRTgaz and Fluxys have decided to work together on a proposed hydrogen transport infrastructure via a cross-border gas pipeline.

A step towards a European hydrogen backbone

Faced with the challenges of ecological transition, carbon-free hydrogen appears to be a key energy vector for achieving Europe’s carbon neutrality objectives by 2050.

The proposed infrastructure marks the first step in the development of an integrated European transport network. It is part of the vision of the European Hydrogen Backbone promoted by some thirty gas transmission operators in Europe to ensure security of supply for hydrogen consumers and create a common European market.

“This new partnership with Fluxys will make it possible to further contribute to the construction of the European hydrogen backbone. In line with the territorial projects that we are already carrying out (mosaHYc, Rhyn, etc.), I am delighted to work with Fluxys on this joint cross-border project. , which will contribute to the development of the hydrogen ecosystem and the economic revitalization of the cross-border region of Valenciennes”, says Thierry Trouvé, CEO of GRTgaz.

At Fluxys, we are doing everything we can to help the hydrogen market develop rapidly. The partnership with GRTgaz to create a cross-border network between Belgium and France is fully in line with our global approach to help build key decarbonization infrastructure across Belgium and to neighboring countries. By developing our infrastructure, we want to make Belgium an import and transport hub within a European hydrogen backbone.” says Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys.

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