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DNV GL Leads Hydrogen Readiness Study for Italian Gas Network

(P&GJ) — Italian utility firm Società Gasdotti Italia (SGI) has commissioned oil and gas consultants DNV GL to assess the feasibility of gradually switching Italy’s second-largest gas network from natural gas to renewable gases including hydrogen. 

The study will support SGI’s ambitions to fully decarbonize the delivery of energy to Italian homes and businesses through its gas network.

DNV GL experts in Groningen, Norway and Milan will investigate the potential of hydrogen transportation options across 1,800km (1,118 miles) of SGI’s high pressure regional and national network.

The study will help SGI identify suitable sections of its gas network to safely convey blended mixtures of natural gas and hydrogen.

SGI eventually hopes to transport 100% hydrogen across its network.

The SGI study aligns with the Italian Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNIEC, published in 2019) which foresees the injection of hydrogen into the network helping to increase the sustainability of the existing networks and helping the country reach its decarbonization goals of a 30% reduction by 2030.

DNV GL’s 2020 Energy Transition Outlook forecasts significant growth in hydrogen demand in Europe over the next three decades. From almost no demand today, it will account for almost half of end-use gas demand in Europe in 2050. 

“We are delighted to secure this project with SGI and support them on navigating the risks and opportunities of the energy transition, ultimately accelerating the use of decarbonized gas” said Liv A. Hovem, CEO, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.

The study with DNV GL will help to consolidate SGI’s ongoing work to ship hydrogen through the Italian gas transmission system and thus contribute to the achievement of the goals set by Italy’s Energy & Climate Plan,” said Federico Frassi, SGI CEO.

DNV GL is working with gas network operators and industry consortiums in several European countries to assess the safety and feasibility of switching existing natural gas infrastructure to carry hydrogen.

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