Air Liquide completes hydrogen pipeline for thyssenkrupp

Industrial gas company Air Liquide has completed a pipeline leading to thyssenkrupp Steel in Duisburg. The approximately 4km pipeline connects the Duisburg steel mill site with Air Liquide’s hydrogen network in the Ruhr district, Kallanish learns.

The line is part of the H2Stahl laboratory sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection. Mona Neubaur, state minister for economy and energy in North Rhine-Westphalia, attended the inauguration of the pipeline.

Air Liquide’s 200km long hydrogen pipeline network in the Rhine and Ruhr region connects hydrogen production plants and major customers in Marl, Oberhausen, Duisburg, Krefeld, Leverkusen, Dormagen, Düsseldorf and other cities.

In autumn 2023, the “Trailblazer” in Oberhausen is scheduled to become the first 20MW industrial-scale water electrolysis plant to be connected to Air Liquide’s H2 network. In the first stage, this will allow customers to be supplied with up to 2,900 tonnes/year of renewable hydrogen via pipeline.

Christian Koehl Germany