Conexus establishes a hydrogen steering group in cooperation with neighbouring operators and develops a study on the introduction of hydrogen into gas infrastructure

Conexus Baltic Grid (Conexus) has taken an important step in the European Green Deal to explore the integration of hydrogen technology into the existing gas infrastructure. The Hydrogen Baltic Coordination Group (H2BCG) has been formed by the gas transmission system operators of Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Lithuania, one of whose first tasks will be to conduct a joint study on the introduction and transport of hydrogen into the existing gas transmission system.

The working group, which consists of the four national gas transmission system operators - Conexus Baltic Grid (Latvia), Elering AS (Estonia), Amber Grid (Lithuania) and Gasgrid Finland (Finland), has agreed on common principles for sustainable gas development and will carry out a joint study, to investigate and assess the technical feasibility of the Latvian, Estonian, Finnish and Lithuanian gas transmission systems to inject and transport hydrogen, to identify the necessary infrastructure improvements and to estimate the related investments.

Conexus CEO Uldis Bariss: "Decarbonisation is a high priority for Conexus and by pooling our expertise and resources with operators in neighbouring countries, we are one step closer to creating a sustainable, climate-neutral solution for the region. The study will serve as an important reference point to prepare for the upcoming expansion of the hydrogen market in the region and in Europe, which may require transporting hydrogen using existing gas infrastructure."

At the same time, he points out that any project that aims to use the common infrastructure as efficiently as possible, contributing to environmental goals and overall economic growth, is welcome, and Conexus is open to various energy greening options, including the injection of renewable gases such as biomethane and hydrogen into the gas supply system.