Stretching from Ghent to Vlissingen and Terneuzen, the plans include supplying hydrogen to companies in the 60km port area and support the adoption of hydrogen for local companies.

In doing so, much of Belgium and the Netherlands could have access to hydrogen technologies and decarbonise various hard-to-abate sectors in the region.

The aim is to have the networks operational in 2026 and then to connect them at the border with this connection between the two hydrogen networks set to be one of the ‘first’ cross-border hydrogen networks in Europe.

The network will work across the value chain including the production of the clean energy carrier, imports, transportation, and its end use.

Helmie Botter, Manager Business Development Hydrogen at Gasunie, said, “Gasunie is busy developing a national hydrogen network. Connections to neighbouring countries are crucial in this regard.

“This will enable the hydrogen market to reach maturity and will help to ensure security of supply in north-western Europe.”

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