Strohm provides Thermoplastic Composite Pipe flowlines for major European natural gas and hydrogen hub

21 November 2022

Strohm, the world’s first and leading producer of Thermoplastic Composite Pipes (TCP), has been awarded a contract from ECOnnect to provide more than 11km of TCP for the TES Wilhelmshaven Green Gas Terminal in Germany.

The project, which is being developed by provider of green hydrogen at scale Tree Energy Solutions (TES), aims to provide sustainable, clean, non-intermittent and affordable energy in the form of green hydrogen, green gas, and green power.

In the initial phase, which is due to commence in the second half of 2023, the terminal will be used to import natural gas, using the ECOnnect Energy IQuay solution. TCP is an integral part of the IQuay solution, being used for the transfer of gas between the Floating Storage and Regassification Unit (FSRU) and the onshore terminal, a distance of about 2km.

Strohm will provide six 8-inch flowlines with a length of approximately two kilometers each, qualified for transfer of natural gas and prepared for CO2.  

In the second phase of the project, the company’s TCP will be repurposed for liquid CO2 transport. Using TES’s approach to clean hydrogen production, CO2 is a designated, circular carrier to enable cost-effective transport of green hydrogen in the form of synthetic methane. Following capture of the hydrogen upon arrival in the terminal in Germany, the CO2 is returned to the green hydrogen production source using the TCP flowlines.

Martin van Onna, Strohm’s CEO, said: “We are proud to have been selected by TES and ECOnnect Energy to support the Wilhelmshaven natural gas and hydrogen hub project - a tribute to our technology, long standing track record in energy, and dedication to supporting our clients’ energy transition journeys.

“Our TCP is perfectly suited for this project as it is field proven in the harshest offshore environments in the world – it does not corrode and it is compatible with CO2. Flexible and delivered in long lengths on reels in a fast-track operation, it is highly suitable for natural gas, CO2, and hydrogen transport. Finally, the very low carbon footprint of the technology compared to steel pipe further enhances its suitability for the project and supports both our clean energy ambitions and those of our clients.”

The Wilhelmshaven Green Gas Terminal has been included to the list of priority projects backed by Germany's LNG Acceleration law, which aims to strengthen the country’s energy security.

Magnus Eikens, CCO at ECOnnect Energy, commented: “The IQuay solution allows for incredibly fast installation and natural gas import into Wilhelmshaven, while also enabling a future hydrogen hub. We are happy to have found the perfect fit in Strohm’s TCP- its flexibility, low carbon footprint, compatibility with CO2 and speed of delivery all made it the right choice for this project.”

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