NAFTA, EP Infrastructure, Eustream and RWE sign memorandum of understanding on blue hydrogen development in Slovakia

NAFTA, EP Infrastructure (EPIF), Eustream and RWE Supply & Trading are are looking to jointly explore the potential development of state-of-the art blue hydrogen production facilities in eastern Slovakia. To this end the companies have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding. RWE Supply & Trading could off-take and import the produced hydrogen to Germany and other RWE core markets in Western Europe.

The hydrogen could then be transmitted through a repurposed Eustream gas pipeline to Germany. The carbon dioxide captured during hydrogen generation could be stored within depleted natural gas fields in Slovakia or neighbouring Central Eastern European countries, including Ukraine. The partners aim to help accelerate the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy and significantly contribute to the European decarbonisation ambitions.

RWE Supply & Trading is the trading arm of the energy company RWE, one of the leaders in European hydrogen development with a large number of promising green hydrogen projects across Europe. RWE Supply & Trading pursues international opportunities to import green and low-carbon hydrogen and its derivatives (e.g. ammonia) to Germany and other European markets in order to complement RWE’s own green hydrogen production.

“We expect a significant need for low-carbon hydrogen imports to Germany in order to meet  domestic demand already in 2030. To potentially off-take low-carbon hydrogen produced in Slovakia and import it to Germany via repurposed pipeline infrastructure would address this demand and at the same time support establishing the infrastructure required for future imports of green hydrogen from Eastern Europe, including Ukraine,” says Ulf Kerstin, CCO of RWE Supply & Trading GmbH.

EPIF, Eustream and NAFTA are leading infrastructure operators in the CEE region. Both companies under the umbrella of EPIF are planning to become leading hydrogen infrastructure operators:

“EPIF’s companies are operating infrastructure which is important for international transmission of hydrogen and storage. We lie between the anticipated production centres in the CEE, including Ukraine and the consumption in Germany and other Western European countries. The cooperation with RWE will enable us to jointly explore opportunities instrumental to successful energy transition of EU,” says Gary Mazzotti, CEO of EP Infrastructure.

“We have recently announced our ambitions to make our grid hydrogen-ready. By 2023 we aim to be technologically ready to accept hydrogen blends of up to 5% into our system and in the future we are planning to dedicate one of our pipelines to pure hydrogen transmission. The cooperation with RWE in the field of blue hydrogen production in Slovakia is an exciting opportunity that aims to accelerate not only our ambitions but also the hydrogen roll-out in the EU,” says Rastislav Ňukovič, CEO of Eustream.

“Hydrogen storage plays an essential role in achieving successful hydrogen economy. Our long-term storage experience and our strategic location allows us to substantially contribute to the cooperation in the area of hydrogen and CO2 storage. We believe that together with our partners, we are able to find attractive development opportunities aimed at promoting accelerated hydrogen deployment,” says Martin Bartošovič, CEO of NAFTA.

The companies are creating a joint working group, which is going to create a roadmap for project implementation and hold dialogues with relevant stakeholders enabling the project implementation, most notably in Ukraine, Czech Republic and Austria in the coming months. All companies consider the memorandum as an important step towards further developing their hydrogen businesses.


H2 Infrastructure reflecting the Slovakian gas industry’s ambition to meet future hydrogen demand

Slovakia’s natural gas sector is taking hydrogen quite seriously, getting itself ready to transport and store it. One result from their efforts is H2 Infrastructure (H2I), a research and development project that has been successful in the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) challenge process. This success is visible in two specific projects involving transport (Eustream) and storage/dsitribution (NAFTA with SPP-distribúcia).

Even in a difficult pandemic year, NAFTA continues to expand internationally

International energy company NAFTA a.s. has reported net profits for 2020 of 78.5 million euros. The severe impact of the COVID pandemic was felt in the previous year from an unprecedented drop in demand for both oil and natural gas. Nonetheless, an important milestone last year was NAFTA’s further expansion in the United Kingdom and consolidation of its position in Ukraine.
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NAFTA is an international company with extensive experience in natural gas storage and underground facility development in Slovakia. It is also Slovakia’s leader in exploration and production of hydrocarbons. In Europe, the company actively operates gas storage facilities, explores and produces hydrocarbons and participates in renewable energy storage projects. In addition to Slovakia, the company is present in the Czech Republic, Germany, Great Britain, Austria, and Ukraine.


NAFTA provides development, engineering and advisory services for facilities with overall storage capacity of approximately 64 TWh.

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