March 16, 2023
147 hydrogen infrastructure projects were submitted to the Project of Common Interest (PCI)’s and Project of Mutual Interest (PMI)’s selection. This number illustrates the will of the industry to support the development of a European hydrogen economy, as well as to deliver on REPowerEU’s objectives.
The public was invited to provide feedback to the individual projects until today, in accordance with the revised Trans-European Network for Energy (TEN-E) Regulation. The list underlines the potential of hydrogen transmission, storage and terminal projects in decarbonising the overall energy system and connecting different regions and corridors across the EU.
“The development of an interconnected pan-European hydrogen system – building on a large extent on the repurposing and retrofitting of existing gas infrastructure, but also on new assets – is a cornerstone of the EU’s goal to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. GIE is fully committed to supporting its members to deliver on this objective.”
Boyana Achovski, GIE Secretary General.
A regulatory framework at the European level must facilitate the development of these projects. Appropriate and tailor-made rules will enable them to be developed in a quick and cost-efficient way to the benefit of society. As a complementary framework, the discussions on the Hydrogen and Decarbonised Gas Market Package need to be concluded as soon as possible.
Interactive H2 infrastructure map
GIE, together with 5 other associations (ENTSOG, EUROGAS, CEDEC, GD4S, and GEODE), published an interactive map which presents the development of the hydrogen infrastructure projects and potential routes and corridors for H2 transport and hydrogen underground storage. The map will continuously evolve following the blooming of the hydrogen economy. Right now, it features more than 220 hydrogen projects.
PCI and PMI in a nutshell
According to the revised TEN-E Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2022/869 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2022 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure), a Project of Common Interest (PCI) means a project necessary to implement the energy infrastructure priority corridors and areas (Learn more), and a Project of Mutual Interest (PMI) means a project promoted by the European Union in cooperation with third countries.
Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE) is the association representing the interests of European gas infrastructure operators active in gas transmission, gas storage and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) regasification. GIE is a trusted partner of European institutions, regulatory bodies and industry stakeholders. It is based in Brussels, the heart of European policymaking. GIE currently represents 70 member companies from 26 countries. GIE’s vision is that by 2050, the gas infrastructure will be the backbone of the new innovative energy system, allowing European citizens to benefit from a secure, efficient and sustainable energy supply.