- Dec 12, 2021 9:58 am GMT
While there is some tentative exploratory work by the gas industry, Skjærbæk claimed ultimately “some sort of political push” will be needed to spur what would be “a multi-billion investment to make a central connection into the North Sea to serve Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany”, with backing from the EU “a good place to start”.
A 48-inch diameter gas pipeline into the North Sea and connecting to major demand centres would mean “we could relatively quickly start decarbonising the heavy industry in the Ruhr area” using offshore-wind powered green hydrogen, he added.
There is also already interest from the shipping industry in using green fuel – if it can be transported to where it is needed for bunkering (refuelling) vessels at ports such as Hamburg or Rotterdam.
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