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Bulgartransgaz has launched a non-binding hydrogen market demand assessment survey

Bulgartransgaz, the operator of the gas transmission and storage system in Bulgaria, is preparing to introduce hydrogen in domestic and cross-border transmission infrastructure.

In particular, the Bulgarian gas transmission and storage system operator is working with Greece’s National Natural Gas System Operator – DESFA (also known as the Hellenic Gas Transmission System Operator) on a project for an interconnector for pure hydrogen. On the domestic front, the company intends to adapt the network to allow a 10% share of hydrogen in fossil gas.

Bulgartransgaz has just initiated a nonbinding market demand assessment survey for hydrogen transmission capacity. It asked all current and potential market participants (producers, shippers, and consumers) to submit their indications. The results of the study are envisaged to show the interest among market participants in the potential use of hydrogen as part of the future energy mix. The survey and its coordination with the neighboring operators will facilitate the timely planning of the required infrastructure, according to Bulgartransgaz. The results are seen to contribute to the timely planning and construction of the necessary infrastructure for the transmission of hydrogen to and through Bulgaria, the call reads. The survey is aimed at identifying the expected demand for hydrogen transmission capacity, the potential production sites in Bulgaria, and the exit points to end users.

The state-owned company is receiving input until September 15. It said it would present the results as aggregated data. The European Commission’s REPowerEU plan provides for significant consumption of renewable hydrogen by 2030 – 20 million tons, half of which would be from domestic production, Bulgartransgaz noted. The company is part of the European Network of Transmission System Operators for Gas (ENTSOG), European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, European Hydrogen Backbone (EHB) initiative and Gas Infrastructure Europe.

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