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Bulgartransgaz launches green hydrogen pilot project at Chiren UGS

Bulgaria’s transmission system operator Bulgartransgaz signed a Memorandum of Understanding with construction group Glavbolgarstroy Holding, the American companies Solar Turbines and Honeywell, as well as the Italian Pietro Fiorentini, to develop a pilot project for the production and use of green hydrogen for technological needs in the facilities of the underground gas storage Chiren.

The Memorandum provides for the preparation of a study under the pilot project with several options for facilities and equipment capacities, mixing ratios and other characteristics. The green hydrogen produced under the project is intended to be used for technological needs as fuel on the site and is not planned to be supplied to third parties.

According to the Executive Director of Bulgartransgaz Vladimir Malinov, the implementation of this first-of-its-kind hydrogen pilot project for the region will demonstrate in practice an effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“I am confident that after today’s signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, the fruitful partnership between the Bulgarian, American and Italian companies will grow stronger over the years,” he added. He said that hydrogen is a main pillar of the future of the economy and zero-emission energy. “The experience of gas transmission networks’ operators will guarantee the security of the infrastructure, which will also be used for hydrogen transmission.”

The document was signed within the framework of The New Energy Landscape in South East Europe Conference, held in Washington, US.

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