Entering a new engineering phase for Gasunie’s underground hydrogen storage

10/17/2023

Last year we shared that we were selected by Gasunie to provide basic engineering for the above ground installation that injects hydrogen from the hydrogen network with compressors into underground salt caverns for storage. After successful delivery of the basic engineering package, we are happy to announce that the client also awarded the detail engineering to us.

“We are looking forward to enter the next engineering phase in this innovative and sustainable project,” says Ingo Gatzen, Regional Director at Bilfinger Tebodin. “After successfully completing the basic engineering, our team of engineers and hydrogen experts is ready to work together with Gasunie to deliver a comprehensive detail engineering package.”

 

More information about the HyStock project

To make the energy system and industry more sustainable, CO2-free gases such as green hydrogen are needed in addition to large amounts of renewable energy. Therefore, our long-term client Gasunie is planning to build an underground hydrogen storage facility near Zuidwending in the Netherlands, called the HyStock project, to offset any future imbalance in supply and demand for hydrogen in the national hydrogen network.

From a technical and economic point of view, large-scale hydrogen storage in salt caverns is the most promising solution, both for the long and short term. Buffering hydrogen to balance production and consumption at GW scale requires the injection and extraction of large amounts of hydrogen in a short period of time; therefore, caverns must be realized, which are particularly suitable for rapid hydrogen delivery. The caverns function as a lung in the hydrogen network and enable the total energy system in the Netherlands and Europe to achieve the ambitious sustainability targets.

Click here for more information about the HyStock project.