7 Jul 2017

Gasunie contributes to switching power station from gas to hydrogen

Gasunie will be joining forces with Vattenfall/Nuon and Statoil to facilitate the use of hydrogen in the Magnum power station in Eemshaven, Groningen. By 2023, Nuon aims to have made one of the three units of the power station suitable for hydrogen. In the context of this innovation project, Statoil will be responsible for the production and supply of hydrogen. To this end, Norwegian natural gas will be converted into hydrogen and CO2. The CO2 will be stored underground, off the Norwegian coast. Last Friday, the company announced that it has been awarded a concession for this. Gasunie is examining how the hydrogen can be transported to the Magnum power station and, if necessary, stored temporarily. Once the first natural gas station has been made suitable for hydrogen, it can serve as an example for other stations. In this way, natural gas stations can continue to play an important role in a CO2-free energy supply. As natural gas stations can be used flexibly and on demand, they will help ensure reliability of energy supply in the Netherlands.  

The three companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding. Together, they will work on implementing the use of hydrogen in a CO2-free power station. “In order to achieve a CO2-neutral energy supply by 2050, fossil fuels will gradually be replaced by renewable forms of energy,” says Gerard van Pijkeren, Director of Gasunie New Energy. “This replacement needs to take place systematically and in the right order, with the ‘least clean’ fuel being the first to go. At Gasunie, we see renewable gases as an indispensable component in making our energy supply more sustainable. The energy transition requires new types of infrastructure and the smart use of existing networks. Gasunie aims to invest in new infrastructure for renewable gases, such as green gas and hydrogen. That’s why we’re contributing to research into the possibility of running the turbines at the Magnum power station on hydrogen instead of gas.”