Naftogaz signs green hydrogen "H2EU+Store" MOU on the transport of hydrogen produced in Ukraine to Germany

Discussion of the project and the signing ceremony of the MoU took place within the framework of the “H2EU + Store” project partners meeting on 25 November in Lviv.
National Joint Stock Company “Naftogaz of Ukraine” and JSC Ukrtransgaz, the Ukrainian gas storage operator, have joined an international industry partnership for the production and supply of green hydrogen "H2EU+Store". It envisages the production of green hydrogen in Ukraine and further export via gas pipelines to the EU, injection into underground storage facilities in Austria, and sale to consumers in Central Europe.

Discussion of the project and the signing ceremony of the MoU took place within the framework of the “H2EU + Store” project partners meeting on 25 November in Lviv.

Oleksiy Ryabchyn, advisor to the Naftogaz CEO responsible for developing low-carbon businesses, Sergiy Pereloma, acting general director of Ukrtransgaz JSC, Sergiy Makogon, CEO of Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU), Markus Mitteregger, CEO of RAG Austria AG, Stefan Wagenhofer, CEO of GAS Connect Austria, Matthias Jenn, CEO of Bayernets GmbH, Gunter Bauer, CEO of Bayerngas GmbH, Thomas Huewener, CEO of Open Grid Europe GmbH, Rastislav Nukovic, CEO of Eustream, and Zinovy Kozytsky, CEO of Eco-Optima, took part in that event.

"H2EU + Store" is a comprehensive project that covers all stages: production, transportation, storage, and supply of hydrogen to consumers. Hydrogen is the first viable option for seasonal storage. European partners are hoping to benefit from the ability of Ukrainian underground storage facilities to store a mixture or, in future, pure hydrogen. Austrian storage operator RAG Austria has been performed similar experiments and research for 5 years and Naftogaz is interested in this expertise.

In addition to its ambition to become the largest hydrogen producer in Ukraine, Naftogaz as a national company sees its mission in launching the hydrogen market and increasing competition. Therefore, the company supported the hydrogen initiative of Lviv’s Eco-Optima and we consider it important for the transformation and development of energy in Ukraine,” noted Ryabchyn.

As part of the implementation of the "H2EU + Store" project, the memorandum of understanding includes measures to increase renewable electricity output and establish production of "green" hydrogen in Ukraine. It also addresses the need to modernize underground storage facilities in Ukraine and Central Europe with the ability to store hydrogen as well as gas transportation infrastructure for hydrogen transportation.

"H2EU + Store" companies includes RAG Austria, the largest gas storage and thus energy storage company in Austria and one of the leading technical storage operators in Europe and the world's first company to successfully explore the possibilities of storing hydrogen in underground storage facilities; Gas Connect Austria, Austria’s transmission system operator; Bayerngas, Germany’s transmission system operator; Open Grid Europe, one of Europe's leading transmission system operators; Nafta, an international company with extensive experience in underground gas storage in Central Europe, and is also Slovakia’s leader in the exploration and production business; and Eustream, gas transmission system operator in Slovakia. From now on, Ukrainian companies will be added to the list of these companies - NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, Ukrtransgaz, Ukraine’s gas storage operator, Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU), as well as Eco-Optima, the largest private wind farm and PV operator in Western Ukraine.

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