Slovak gas TSO joins Ukraine-EU hydrogen scheme
Slovakia's gas transmission system operator Eustream has signed a letter of intent to join H2EU+Store, an international venture to produce green hydrogen in Ukraine and supply it to Austria and Germany as well as store it for seasonal demand in central Europe, it said September 9.
Slovakia has some 80bn m³/yr of gas transit capacity flowing from Ukraine westwards into Europe while Gazprom is paying for much less than that, as its flows through Ukraine have fallen as its new export routes start up.
Other members of the group are Bayerngas, Bayernets, Eco-Optima, Open Grid Europe and RAG Austria.
The initiative focuses on the complete supply chain of clean hydrogen including hydrogen production in Ukraine and transport. H2EU+Store will create the necessary capacity for renewable electricity and hydrogen production in Ukraine and expand storage volumes in Austria and Germany, following work modifying the gas transport network in central Europe.
“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. Among other initiatives, we plan to dedicate one of the main lines of our transmission network only for transport of 100% hydrogen,” Eustream said.