While it will be OGE's task to convert the required natural gas pipelines to hydrogen and build new pipelines, RWE will build up the electrolysis capacity and import additional green hydrogen. In addition, gas-fired power plants with at least 2 GW will be converted to hydrogen and gas storage facilities at the Dutch border will be connected to the hydrogen supply system to create further backup capacity.
H2ercules opens up new opportunities to connect Germany to essential import routes - initially via pipelines from Belgium and the Netherlands, later via Norway and from Southern and Eastern Europe: prospectively also via import terminals for green molecules in Northern Germany. In this way, the project contributes to the emergence of a European hydrogen market.
First companies have already signaled their interest in this project, and it is expected that in the future not only large consumers will benefit, but also smaller companies, thus leading the overall economy into a decarbonised future.
The implementation of the project requires suitable framework conditions, which RWE and OGE intend to discuss with the politicians shortly.