Green hydrogen will be injected into the natural gas network in Portugal.
Seixal will house the first project in Portugal that will bring a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen to 80 residential, tertiary and industrial customers in 2022.
On 14 October, in Seixal, Galp Gas Natural Distribuição presented the first project in Portugal to inject green hydrogen into the gas network, a project financed by the Environmental Fund (FA).
The Natural Energy of Hydrogen will cover 80 residential, tertiary and industrial customers, who in 2022 will start receiving a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen, “thus taking an important step in the energy transition process in Portugal”.
At an early stage of the project, 2% hydrogen will be injected into the natural gas network. This percentage will gradually be increased to a maximum of 20% over a two-year period. “The whole process is going to be monitored and followed up in detail by a group of specialists, so that this project can serve as an example of good practice for many other projects that are certainly going to occur in the future, both at the national and international level”.
“It is an important landmark for the national energy system, because it promotes a shift towards a greener economy, based on one of the most modern gas distribution networks in Europe,” emphasises the CEO of Floene, Gabriel Sousa, quoted in a press release following the project’s presentation event, which featured, among others, the Deputy Secretary of State for Energy, João Galamba.
Green hydrogen, a 100%-renewable fuel, is to be produced in the Seixal Industrial Park, in the district of Setúbal, through a partnership between GGND and the Portuguese company Gestene.
NOTE: Text published by Jornal Económico on 17 October 2021 and updated on 2 February 2022 with relevant information by FLOENE.