Having signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), EP Infrastructure, EUSTREAM, NAFTA, and RWE Supply & Trading could potentially work together to develop blue hydrogen projects in Eastern Slovakia, a press release issued by Eustream announced.

According to the statement, RWE  could off-take and import the produced hydrogen to Germany and other RWE core markets in Western Europe. The hydrogen could then be transmitted through a repurposed Eustream gas pipeline to Germany.

During the process of hydrogen generation, any captured carbon dioxide will be stored in depleted natural gas fields in Slovakia, Ukraine, or other Central Eastern European countries.

On this occasion, Ulf Kerstin, CCO of RWE Supply & Trading GmbH  said “We expect a significant need for low-carbon hydrogen imports to Germany in order to meet domestic demand already in 2030.”

For his part, Gary Mazzotti, CEO of EP Infrastructure, commented “The cooperation with RWE will enable us to jointly explore opportunities instrumental to successful energy transition of EU.”

“We have recently announced our ambitions to make our grid hydrogen-ready. By 2023, we aim to be technologically ready to accept hydrogen blends of up to 5% into our system and in the future, we are planning to dedicate one of our pipelines to pure hydrogen transmission,” says Rastislav Ňukovič, CEO of Eustream.

In addition, Martin Bartošovič, CEO of NAFTA, noted “Hydrogen storage plays an essential role in achieving successful hydrogen economy. We believe that together with our partners, we are able to find attractive development opportunities aimed at promoting accelerated hydrogen deployment.”