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Scotland backs UK-EU hydrogen interconnector

31 August 2023

A purpose-built offshore pipeline to the European Union could significantly accelerate Scotland’s green hydrogen production and export potential, according to a report published August 31 by the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC).

Funded by the Scottish government and matched by industry, NZTC’s Hydrogen Backbone Link project explored ways to position Scotland as an export route to the European Union. It would repurpose oil and gas infrastructure (see below, courtesy NZTC).

The new pipeline could enable Scotland to meet up to 10% of Europe’s projected hydrogen import demand by the mid 2030s and maintain it for years, while creating jobs and enable green hydrogen projects.

Europe’s gas transmission system operators have been working on the development of a continental hydrogen transport network, also called a backbone.

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