Two projects submitted by REN are eligible for European funds. The third electrical connection with Spain also received the seal.
Two Portuguese green hydrogen projects today received a stamp allowing them to apply for European funding.
The Ministry of the Environment announced today in a statement that these projects “allow for the implementation of a green energy corridor for hydrogen transport that will link Portugal and Spain to Central Europe.”
The gas pipeline with Spain (H2Med/CelZa) and the “Portuguese hydrogen backbone” already carry the Important Common Interest Project stamp, meaning they can obtain European financing for up to 75% of eligible costs.
“This seal demonstrates the strategic importance of these infrastructures for the goals and objectives of the European Union, thus enabling them to be eligible to apply for European financing, within the framework of the Connecting Europe-Energy Facility (“CEF-E”),” can be read in the Rua do Século statement. .
The “H2Med/CelZa” project presented by REN-Gasodutos, SA “represents an investment of $204 million and will contain approximately 242 km of pipelines, of which 162 km will be in Portugal. This infrastructure will be complemented by other projects, namely the H2Med/BarMar interconnection (Spain-France) and the infrastructure that will connect the French and German hydrogen networks. This will enable the emergence of one of the main
Green hydrogen across the Mediterranean.
The project was initially announced in October 2022 in Brussels by French President Emmanuel Macron and the Prime Ministers of Portugal and Spain, Pedro Sánchez and Antonio Costa.
The goal of the H2Med project is to transport two million tons of hydrogen per year, i.e. 10% of European consumption. It is expected that the transport capacity between Portugal and Spain will reach 750 thousand tons of hydrogen annually.
The “Portuguese Hydrogen Backbone” project was also presented by REN-Gasodutos, and “consists of the construction and adaptation of the gas network”.
in Portugal and represents an investment of approximately 210 million euros. This project creates important conditions for the production and integration of green hydrogen, both in the central interior region of Portugal and in the Figueira da Foz region, enabling the creation of new value chains in Portugal and connection to the European Green Energy Corridor. The project thus acts as a facilitator for H2Med/CelZa, and represents the first phase in
Create a broader national H2 infrastructure.
This project includes the new hydrogen transportation infrastructure in Figueira da Foz-Cantanhede with a length of about 50 km, and three adapted hydrogen gas pipelines: Cantanhede-Manguald (68 km of main trunk plus 8 km of secondary line); Mangualde-Cilorico da Pera (48 km from
main stem); and Celorico da Beira-Monforte (213 km of main trunk plus 4 km of secondary trunk), MAAC explains in a statement.
At the same time, projects in the areas of electrical interconnection also received the PIC seal, such as the links between Portugal and Spain (Minho III Interconnection) and between Spain and France (Bay of Biscay), “vital infrastructure for strengthening the integration of the region”. Electrical systems
The Iberian Peninsula and Central Europe.
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