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Plans progress for a hydrogen-certified pipeline in Italy

Plans progress for a hydrogen-certified pipeline in Italy

Corinth Pipeworks is helping to deliver 440km of high-pressure pipeline certified to transport up to 100% hydrogen for Snam’s high pressure gas network in Italy.

The steel pipes segment on Cenergy Holdings confirmed the news on Wednesday (June 2) as part of the first newly manufactured high-pressure pipes certified to transport hydrogen for a transmission gas pipeline in Europe.

“We are very excited to be an innovative producer and early adopter, providing certified large diameter/high strength steel pipes for hydrogen transportation,” said Ilias Bekiros, CEO of Corinth Pipeworks.

“The potential of hydrogen to build a sustainable energy mix in the future and achieve global decarbonisation targets is significant, and Corinth Pipeworks aims to be an integral part in providing solutions to its customers to reach their goals.”

Corinth Pipeworks’ hydrogen certified pipes will be manufactured in Greece.

Welcoming the company’s assistance, Massimo Derchi, Chief Industrial Assets Officer of Snam, said, “This agreement confirms Snam’s commitment to making its infrastructure increasingly ready to transport not only natural gas and biomethane, but also hydrogen.

“While we are continuing with analysis and certification of our network, when we replace old pipelines, we now routinely use new pipes tested in the laboratory in line with international standards and able to transport hydrogen up to 100% without changing pressure. Our goal is to deliver fully decarbonised gas by 2050.”

Along with the support of its long-term partner in Italy, PIPEX Italia, Corinth Pipeworks has been a trusted supplier of Snam for over a decade with more than 1,000km of completed and under execution pipeline projects.

Re-purposing pipelines for hydrogen storage and transportation

In the UK, 30% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions come from domestic heating and cooking. One popular suggested solution to reduce these emissions is switching the heating network from natural gas to hydrogen as the combustion of hydrogen produces just water vapour and heat and no CO2 (carbon dioxide) emissions.

With 45,000km of pipeline installed in the North Sea, there is considerable opportunity to take advantage of this infrastructure. In a recent study for the Oil and Gas Technology Centre (OGTC), Xodus explored the feasibility of converting the subsea pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen service and how this would fit with a future energy industry that also requires carbon capture and storage (CCS). The analysis was divided into three parts:

  • A materials analysis to review the restrictions imposed by hydrogen service
  • A geographical information systems (GIS) study to identify key strategic locations in England and Scotland based on existing storage and production infrastructures
  • The measures needed for qualifying the existing pipelines for hydrogen service.

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