Sweco appointed to study feasibility of hydrogen and CO2 pipeline network

The contract runs until January 2024, with the assignment covering 70km of pipeline

Sweco has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study and preliminary research into a proposed network of hydrogen and CO2 pipelines in Ghent and Antwerp by energy infrastructure firm Fluxys Belgium.

The feasibility study assignment covers about 70km of pipeline. Sweco’s contract is also said to includes design, environment impact assessment and safety coordination.

According to a report, as the demand for hydrogen as a low-carbon fuel increases, the ports of Ghent and Antwerp have been earmarked as important hubs for hydrogen distribution across Europe.

“Transporting hydrogen and green molecules is essential in redesigning Europe’s energy system. As an engineering partner, we are happy to contribute to a sustainable and climate positive society,” said Erwin Malcorps, Business Area President for Sweco Belgium.

The Belgian government said that it has committed to support the development of at least 150km of hydrogen and CO2 pipelines across the country, and is providing financial support through various funds including the Energy Transition Fund, to the project.

Sweco’s contract runs until January 2024. The first hydrogen and CO2 grid connections are planned to be commissioned in 2026, the report concluded.

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