2 Feb 2024
enagas, GRTgaz, OGE, REN, Teréga

Press release

The H2med project is entering a new phase of its development.

The three developing partners of the BarMar project, Enagás (transmission system operator from Spain) and GRTgaz and Teréga (transmission system operators from France), in coordination with OGE (transmission system operator from Germany), have decided to award the Wood company to conduct the preliminary engineering studies, perform the analysis of route alternatives and select the corridor of the BarMar project. The societal and environmental impact studies are also launched today and will be conducted by Tecnoambiente, supported by Francom and Natural Power.

Enagás, GRTgaz and Teréga, in coordination with OGE, are pleased to announce the successful awarding of contracts to conduct the essential preliminary engineering studies to Wood company.

The scope of work includes analyzing the various potential routes for the offshore pipeline to connect

Barcelona to Marseille across the Mediterranean Sea. This comprehensive evaluation will allow to identify a preferred corridor for BarMar, and will consider technical, economic, environmental, and societal perspectives, emphasizing the commitment of the three Transmission System Operators (TSOs) to a well-rounded and sustainable approach.

Given the cross-border and multidisciplinary nature of the BarMar project, the social and environmental impact will be conducted by Tecnoambiente, supported by Francom and Natural Power.

BarMar is part of the H2med project. The H2med project is composed of a hydrogen interconnection between Portugal and Spain (Celorico da Beira – Zamora) as well as a maritime pipeline connecting Spain and France (Barcelona – Marseille). 

f. l. t. r. Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (moderator), Hydrogen Europe; Arturo Gonzalo, Enagas; Frank Reiners, OGE; Rodrigo Costa, REN; Maria Rita Galli, DESFA; Dominique Mockly, Terega; Pierre Duvieusart, GRTgaz

The H2med project is a transnational effort aimed at connecting the hydrogen networks of the Iberian Peninsula with those in Northwest Europe. Its goal is to enable Europe to be supplied with affordable, renewable hydrogen by 2030. The project was launched in October 2022 by the President of the Government of Spain, the President of France, and the Prime Minister of Portugal. These leaders reaffirmed their commitment at the Euromed Summit on December 9th, 2022, in Alicante, with support from Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission. H2med is being advanced by the Transmission System Operators (TSOs) from various countries: Enagás, GRTgaz, REN, Teréga, and OGE, which joined the project in October 2023.

On 28 November 2023, the European Commission selected the H2med project to be included on the list of Projects of Common Interest (PCI). 

More information on H2med project website.