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Fluxys Appointed Belgium’s Hydrogen Network Operator

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Anamika Talwaria

Editor & Head of Content for Tank Storage Magazine & StocExpo and Chair of Women in Tanks.

Implementing the Federal Hydrogen Act of 11 July 2023, Federal Energy Minister Tinne Van der Straeten has appointed Fluxys hydrogen, a subsidiary of Fluxys Belgium, as operator for the development and management of a hydrogen transmission grid in Belgium.

The appointment as HNO (Hydrogen Network Operator) for Belgium is a major step forward in the energy transition. Leveraging Fluxys’ decades of expertise in gas transport, Fluxys hydrogen will develop the necessary infrastructure for transporting hydrogen, an essential component to reach the climate targets.

In accordance with the federal hydrogen strategy, Fluxys hydrogen will undertake the development and operation of a hydrogen pipeline network, which will be part of the European Hydrogen Backbone. This will enable the necessary low-carbon energy to be transported both for the Belgian market and to neighbouring countries. These molecules are a necessary part of the energy mix, needed to decarbonise society in a cost-efficient manner and taking into account security of supply.

To respond to the need to accelerate the energy transition, Fluxys has already intensively consulted the market and launched preparatory studies. Building a hydrogen network will be realised step-by-step with new-build pipelines and repurposing of existing pipelines where possible.

Studies and preparations are being made to lay the first pipelines in the industrial clusters that have clearly expressed the need for hydrogen, and this supported by the Relance and Recovery Funds.

Pascal De Buck, CEO of Fluxys says: ‘I am delighted and proud that the federal government has entrusted us with the task of being the Hydrogen Network Operator for the next 20 years. Fluxys hydrogen’s initial aim is to provide maximum support to industry to achieve decarbonisation by bringing low-carbon molecules to them as part of the European Hydrogen Backbone. In the energy mix of the future, low-carbon molecules are crucial for a carbon-neutral future in Belgium and north-western Europe.’

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