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On October 27, 2023, King Willem-Alexander officially started the construction of the initial segment of Gasunie’s hydrogen network. It spreads over an impressive 1,200km in total. This ambitious project aims to link major industrial users with hydrogen storage facilities and international supply lines. This will take place in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium.

Moreover, The Netherlands is taking a significant step toward a sustainable energy future. Gasunie subsidiary Hynetwork Services, with Visser & Smit Hanab, began the construction of the first section of the national hydrogen network. This pivotal infrastructure is authorized by the Dutch government, with an estimated cost of 1.5 billion euros. It is scheduled to link the Netherlands’ major industrial hubs by 2030, encouraging connections with Germany and Belgium.

Furthermore, King Willem-Alexander undertook a comprehensive tour of the construction site, guided by Gasunie and contractor staff. The commitment to sustainability during the construction process is significant. That includes sustainable, zero-emission equipment and innovative technologies like HyTap for secure connections to the hydrogen pipelines.

Gasunie's Hydrogen Network
Left: Rob Jetten, Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Middle: Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands, Right: Han Fennema, CEO of Gasunie

Besides, Hydrogen will improve the sustainability of energy supply, particularly in industries and heavy transport. To establish a successful hydrogen market, the existence of robust infrastructure for hydrogen transport and storage is necessary. The Netherlands introduced the establishment of a hydrogen infrastructure in Europe to become a pivotal hub for renewable energy.

Additionally, the initial stretch of the hydrogen network, exceeding 30 kilometers, will link Rotterdam’s Tweede Maasvlakte industrial park to Pernis. Its possible date of operation is 2025. The national network stretches 1,200 kilometers and primarily utilizes repurposed existing natural gas pipelines. It will connect with large-scale hydrogen production facilities, seaport import terminals, and businesses transitioning to hydrogen for sustainable operations in the Netherlands and abroad.

Lastly, Gasunie’s CEO, Han Fennema, voiced pride in this groundbreaking initiative. He highlighted its significance in choosing a more sustainable energy supply. Minister for Climate and Energy Policy, Rob Jetten, also stressed the Netherlands’ commitment to hydrogen as a key solution for sustainable industrial practices. He also recognized the economic opportunities this national network presents for the country in north-western Europe.

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