GASCADE, Fluxys apply to EC for PCI status for AquaDuctus hydrogen project

Gary Hornby

23-Jan-2023

LONDON (ICIS)–Natural gas transmission system operators GASCADE and Fluxys have applied to the European Commission for Project of Common Interest (PCI) status for the AquaDuctus project, it was announced.

The AquaDuctus hydrogen project is located in the North Sea, will be over 400kilometres long, and will take hydrogen produced the German offshore coast via an offshore pipeline and fed into the onshore hydrogen network.

The pipeline will begin taking hydrogen produced from the SEN-1 wind farm — due to be operational in 2030 — with other wind farms slated to be connected in the following years into Germany.

The AquaDuctus project is due to have a capacity of 1million tonnes/year by 2035.

GASCADE said that a “comprehensive feasibility study” has been “successfully completed.”

According to the commission, PCIs can “benefit from accelerated permitting procedures and funding” and concern infrastructure that links the energy systems of European Union member states.

PCIs are eligible for funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) which has a €5.8bn budget for the 2021-27 period after €4.7bn was allocated between 2014 and 2020.

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