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German hydrogen pipeline planned to aid green industry shift


FRANKFURT: A group of gas grid operators, oil and utility firms is planning a 80 mile hydrogen pipeline to supply industrial customers in north-west Germany, Open Grid Europe (OGE) said.

German companies are keen to convert power from renewables into hydrogen, which emits water when it burns in oxygen rather than the CO2 released by coal, oil and natural gas. Germany is due to adopt a hydrogen strategy soon.

OGE, which is part of the consortium including BP, speciality chemicals firm Evonik, grid firm Nowega and RWE Generation, said that the pipeline will supply chemicals plants and refineries from a hydrogen plant to be built by RWE at Lingen in Lower Saxony from 2022.

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