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Plinacro and HEP to cooperate for hydrogen production and transportation projects

Croatia’s natural gas transmission system operator Plinacro and power utility HEP signed an agreement on developing projects for hydrogen production and transportation.

In line with the objectives of the European Union and the expected decarbonisation of the economy, both companies have shown a strong commitment to creating an infrastructure for the production and transportation of hydrogen. 

“The potential of hydrogen, especially that produced from renewable sources, is the basis for the decarbonisation of the industry and transport sectors, so laying the foundations for the development of an increasingly important energy source for the future European energy mix is necessary,” read Plinacro’s statement.

The agreement will also focus on removing legislative and regulatory barriers and preparing key documents, guidelines and measures to create harmonised standards for the hydrogen market in Croatia.

In July, the European Commission had adopted the long-awaited strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, in order to transform Europe’s energy system and reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

Hydrogen can be used as a feedstock, fuel or an energy carrier and storage and has many possible applications across industry, transport, power and buildings sectors. Most importantly, it does not emit CO2 and almost no air pollution when used. Renewable electricity is expected to decarbonise a large share of the EU energy consumption by 2050, but not all of it. Hydrogen has a strong potential to bridge some of this gap. The EU Hydrogen Strategy addresses exactly how to transform this potential into reality.

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