Eustream, the Slovak gas transmission system operator, has joined the international partnership H2EU+Store for the production and supply of green hydrogen.
Hydrogen will be produced in Ukraine using solar and wind energy, transported via Eustream’s network to Austria and Germany, and stored for seasonal demand in Central Europe.
H2EU+Store aims to accelerate and ramp up the production of green hydrogen for Europe. The international industry partnership consists of:
- Bayerngas GmbH
- Bayernets GmbH
- Eco-Optima LLC
- Open Grid Europe GmbH
- RAG Austria AG
After signing the Letter of Intent, Eustream has now become the consortium member.
H2EU+Store will create the necessary capacities for renewable electricity and hydrogen production in Ukraine as well as expand storage volumes in Austria and Germany and the adaptations in the area of gas transport to Central Europe.
Rastislav Nukovic, DG of Eustream, said, “A unique geographical location and multi-line transmission system enables Slovakia and Eustream to become an important hydrogen entry gate serving multiple European key markets.”
Eustream also plans to dedicate one of the main lines of its transmission network to transport 100% hydrogen.
Meanwhile, Eustream is preparing its network for transporting renewable and low-carbon gases. It plans to make its network technologically ready to blend up to 5% of hydrogen into the transported natural gas as early as the end of 2023. Slovakia aims to be ready to transport over 2 bcm/year of hydrogen and thus to accommodate the expected gradual increase in hydrogen supply/demand.
It also plans to install new devices across its network over the next two years and thus making the Slovak grid ready to work with hydrogen. It plans to develop a photovoltaic plant to produce green hydrogen in its premises and then uses it for fueling compressors, a unique move among TSOs. The first pilot project to decarbonizes own operations is planned for the Veľké Kapušany compressor station, with expected hydrogen production in 2023.