Latvia’s gas transmission and storage operator Conexus Baltic Grid has joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, following Polish oil and gas company PGNiG and the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU).
Following the European Green Deal, the demand for fossil gas will decrease after 2030, so it is important to re-profile parts of Europe’s existing gas infrastructure, also adapting it to carry hydrogen and other low-carbon fuels.
Conexus is already working on long-term energy conversion projects, in line with the Latvian National Energy and Climate Plan 2021–2030, analysing the possibilities of injecting hydrogen into the natural gas transmission system.
“Joining the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is natural given Europe’s progress towards decarbonisation and the challenges of building hydrogen infrastructure,” said Jānis Eisaks, Chairman of the Board of Conexus. “For us, this is a way of helping to create a climate-neutral, integrated energy system, the core of which is the circulation of renewable electricity, as well as renewable and low-carbon fuels and fuels. This is a complex job that will be a high-level priority for the next 10 years.”
The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance kicked off earlier in July. It aims at an ambitious deployment of hydrogen technologies by 2030, bringing together renewable and low-carbon hydrogen production, demand in industry, mobility and other sectors and hydrogen transmission and distribution. With the alliance, the EU wants to build its global leadership in this domain, to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.