During her visit today, State Secretary Silke Krebs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, emphasized the state-wide significance of this conversion: "Hydrogen plays a decisive role on our way to the green transformation of our economy. These first 46 kilometers of hydrogen pipeline will lay the foundation for a powerful and efficient grid of the future. It will be an important part of our future energy supply and will also help companies in North Rhine-Westphalia to focus their energy strategy more on this important technology for managing the transformation to climate neutrality."
Quote State Secretary Anka Dobslaw, Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy and Climate Protection : "Lower Saxony wants to become climate neutral by 2040 and be at the forefront of green hydrogen. To achieve this, we need to convert our gas infrastructure to green gases. Today, we are taking an important step together for the hydrogen network throughout Germany."
"This conversion of a natural gas transmission pipeline to hydrogen for the first time in Germany is a crucial piece of the puzzle for the energy transition and for the German hydrogen network. OGE is proud to take this step together with nowega as the first transmission system operators," said Dr. Thomas Hüwener, Member of the Management Board of OGE.
Frank Heunemann, managing director of Nowega, added: "Converting existing pipelines to hydrogen makes it possible to enter the hydrogen economy quickly and cost-effectively. These projects show that cooperation among transmission system operators works and that together we can build a high-performance hydrogen network."
The mayor of Emsbüren,Markus Silies, also welcomed the project: "The planned hydrogen infrastructure will create new development potential for the municipalities. In Emsbüren, the planned hydrogen pipeline runs along the Emslandpark industrial park at the A30/A31 interchange. By providing hydrogen in the future, we can strengthen existing businesses in sustainable production. The hydrogen infrastructure is a clear locational advantage also in the case of inquiries for new company settlements and thus strengthens our region."