Huge Franco-Spanish hydrogen project set to support green hydrogen infrastructure

Huge Franco-Spanish hydrogen project set to support green hydrogen infrastructure

An industrial project anchored in the territories of France and Spain, Lacq Hydrogen is part of the Spanish Green Crane project to produce and export renewable hydrogen with some major pipeline developments.

For the project, the aim is to add to 6,800km of pipeline by 2030 to connect the “hydrogen valleys” and a 22,900km hydrogen network across Europe by 2040, 75% of which will be converted natural gas pipelines.

Hydrogen which will eventually be transported via the pipeline will be produced by water electrolysis in Spain through solar power at very competitive prices due to the large solar resource in the region of Aragón.

Transmission to the power plant will be provided by the Enagás and Teréga gas networks until hydrogen-dedicated infrastructure is developed.

In addition to this, use of the Teréga aquifer storage is also being planned in order to obtain a 100% dispatchable power plant. The project will supply a combined cycle power plant built and operated by GazelEnergie and located within the industrial area of Lacq.

This plant will be supplied with hydrogen from 2026 and will produce 100% renewable energy, decarbonised and dispatchable, thus preventing the discharge of more than 700,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Jean-Michel Mazalérat, Chairman and CEO of GazelEnergie, said, “The Lacq Hydrogen project, certainly ambitious, responds to these objectives, and thanks to the cooperation with Enagás, DH2 and Teréga, will enable us to deploy a dispatchable green energy solution.”

Thierry Lepercq, Chairman of DH2 Energy, reiterated the advantages of the project when he said, “Lacq Hydrogen is the perfect demonstration of the emerging role of green hydrogen as the cornerstone of fully dependable 100% renewable energy systems.”

“At DH2 Energy we are proud to enable such a project with the very large volumes of competitively priced hydrogen supplied from our solar and electrolysis facilities in Spain.”

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Teréga, Enagás, GazelEnergie and DH2 Energy signed a Memorandum of Understanding in regard to the Franco-Spanish Lacq hydrogen project in which the group will study the development of the value chain of renewable hydrogen between the two nations.

It has been outlined by the group that the project will aim to study the production and supply of renewable hydrogen from Spain to France between DH2 and GazelEnergie as well as hydrogen transmission from Spain to France between Enagás and Teréga.

In addition to this, it will study hydrogen storage and transmission on the Teréga grid to supply hydrogen to GazelEnergie’s renewable power plant as well as renewable power production, which would be 100% dispatchable, via a combined cycle power plant operated by GazelEnergie.

Dominique Mockly, the Chairman and CEO of Teréga stated, “The cooperation with GazelEnergie, DH2 and Enagás is a major milestone in accelerating the mass development of green hydrogen for Europe and all the regions.”

“We are proud to be contributing to managing this pioneering project within a sector which is making the news, which has a strong potential and which, we are convinced, has a great future.”

Marcelino Oreja, CEO of Enagás, said, “Spain is strongly positioned to become a producer and exporter of renewable hydrogen. The Spanish gas network is a crucial long-term infrastructure.”

Completing this study would aid each of the companies in setting up a hydrogen infrastructure in the region and help to take advantage of the lucrative hydrogen market.

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It is hoped that the study will help the project become one of the key European links in the strategic hydrogen value chain which is being driven by a growing demand for green electricity.

Lacq Hydrogen contributes to France’s stated ambitions for hydrogen: to build by 2030 a carbon-free, sustainable and international hydrogen sector and those of the European Union: to produce 10 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2030 at a competitive price.

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