The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, announced this Sunday that Germany will join the “H2Med” energy interconnection project, the first hydrogen corridor that will connect the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of Europe and that will be operational in 2030.
“We have decided to extend ‘H2Med’, which thanks to European funds unites Portugal, Spain and France, to Germany, which will be a partner in the infrastructure of this project”, Macron said at the ceremony that culminated the Franco-German Summit that sought shelve the tensions between Paris and Berlin in 2022.
Macron has indicated that there is “a will” to promote green hydrogen at the European level. The French president recalled that this project is more viable than the MidCat, the plan that Spain and Portugal originally defended for the transport of gas. “The MidCat was not the good strategy, which was to transport gas and which crossed the Pyrenees, now it is the good strategy, which passes through the Mediterranean”, he considered.
France, Spain and Portugal agreed at the Euro-Mediterranean summit in Alicante, on December 9, to build this underwater hydroduct between Barcelona and Marseille. This agreement will allow the transport of green hydrogen throughout Europe in a context of searching for alternatives to polluting energy sources, in moments of crisis due to the war in Ukraine.
The project includes two cross-border infrastructures, one between Celorico da Beira (Portugal) and Zamora, and another submarine, between Barcelona and Marseille, as well as two trunk axes. The macroproject, which will be financed up to 50% by European funds, will make it possible to bring hydrogen obtained from renewable energies to the EU.
In a statement, the Spanish Government has also confirmed this Sunday that Germany will join the project and has recalled that ‘H2Med’ will be in operation in 2030 and is expected to be capable of transporting 2 million tons of green hydrogen from Spain per year. which will represent 10% of the total consumed by the EU”.
“In 2050 it is estimated that 20% of all energy in Europe will be renewable hydrogen”, has indicated the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain.