ENGIE FIDs cross-border hydrogen pipeline despite German funding uncertainty

ENGIE has taken final investment decision (FID) on its section of a €110m ($118m) Franco-German hydrogen pipeline, despite its German development partner’s FID depending on state funding.

Planned to transport up to 20,000m3/h of hydrogen, the 95km Mosel Saar Hydrogen Conversion (mosaHYc) pipeline, is set to connect hydrogen producers and users throughout Völklingen (Germany), Carling (France) Bouzonville (France) and Perl (Germany).

The 50km French section of pipeline – 45km of which will be converted natural gas infrastructure – will be headed by ENGIE subsidiary GRTgaz, while Creos will be responsible for the 40km German section, each expected to cost €40m ($42.9m) and €70m ($75m) respectively.

Despite ENGIE announcing it had taken FID on its 50km section of the project, Creos has said the implementation of the German leg of mosaHYc will rely on the “outstanding Important Project of Common Interest (IPCEI) funding decision from the [German] federal government and the FID based on it.”

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