The Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) consortium is in the process of assessing the degree to which the infrastructure can technically accommodate transporting a blend of natural gas and hydrogen, TAP AG consortium told Trend.
“Hydrogen is an important element in achieving a carbon neutral future and this is something that TAP is actively monitoring. In 2021, an Initial Hydrogen Readiness study confirmed that TAP has the potential to transport hydrogen blends in the future. In 2023 we will be testing our pipe materials in an internationally recognised laboratory to fully assess the suitability of the asset to meet the forthcoming hydrogen requirements and opportunities. Similarly, studies by major equipment manufacturers, for new equipment and retrofitting of existing equipment (for example our gas turbine driven compressors for hydrogen readiness) are underway,” said TAP AG.
The consortium said TAP is also a participant in the Joint Industry Project H2Pipe for the development of the world’s first guideline for the transport of hydrogen gas in existing and new offshore pipelines, which will not only benefit TAP but other transnational interconnectors.
As the European section of the Southern Gas Corridor, TAP has the capacity to transport approximately 10 billion cubic meters of gas per annum (bcm/a) to several markets in Europe. The pipeline is also designed with the potential to expand its throughput capacity up to 20 bcm/a.
TAP is strategically and economically important to Europe and essential in providing reliable access to a new source of natural gas. TAP plays a significant role in boosting Europe’s energy security, supply diversification, as well as decarbonisation objectives.
TAP’s shareholding is comprised of bp (20 percent), SOCAR (20 percent), Snam (20 percent), Fluxys (19 percent), Enagás (16 percent) and Axpo (5 percent).