1000km CO2 transport network to be developed in Germany

Transmission system operators, Open Grid Europe (OGE), have announced that it is planning to build a pipeline network to enable the transport of CO2 – such as unavoidable process-related CO2 emissions – for sequestration and to enable the reuse of CO2 in a green circular closed-loop system to transport green hydrogen.

This network will initially be 1,000km long and will enable a transport volume of around 18 million tons of CO2 per year.

To prioritise the provision of green energy while reducing CO2, OGE and Tree Energy Solutions (TES), which recently announced a green energy hub for importing green gas into Wilhemshaven, Germany, have entered a strategic partnership for a CO2 circular economy.

The pipeline network, starting from the green gas import terminal to be built by TES in Wilhelmshaven, will integrate important industrial, power, and mobility locations around Germany. The commissioning of the first part of the network is expected in 2028.

“To achieve our climate targets, we must invest in renewable energies and above all hydrogen but also offer a solution to industries in Germany that need to capture and utilise their CO2 emissions,” Dr Jörg Bergmann, CEO of OGE, said. “This requires a CO2 infrastructure. We will offer these to all interested parties openly and at standardised conditions.”

OGE and TES are in conversation with German steel producers, cement/lime producers, power plant operators, and chemical plant operators to transport CO2 via the new pipeline back to the future Wilhelmshaven green energy hub. Right from the start, the transport network will be equally open to other market participants.

“The CO2 pipeline network supports the closed-loop circularity strategy, ensuring that CO2 can be kept within the TES cycle and GHG emissions are avoided,” Paul van Poecke, Founder and Managing Director at TES, said. “Via this project, the CO2 will be captured and reused in a circular closed-loop system as a carrier to transport green hydrogen or as a resource in other industries.”

The carbon cycle strategy hopes to significantly accelerate the energy transition in Germany and help the industry, power, and mobility sectors to achieve their decarbonisation targets. However, OGE noted that this will require a Germany-wide CO2 strategy and corresponding instruments.

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