South Korea’s state-owned natural gas importer and transporter Korea Gas Corporation (KOGAS) chose DNV to assess the viability of blending hydrogen into the nation’s gas transmission network.
The two-year project will assess the scope for blending hydrogen with natural gas in KOGAS’ 5,000-kilometre-long domestic transmission network.
More specifically, DNV will assess the pipeline network’s suitability for hydrogen blending, provide technical and advisory support to KOGAS’s hydrogen blending test project on Jeju Island and provide support to KOGAS in addressing the requirements of South Korea’s regulatory authorities in overseeing hydrogen’s integration and uptake.
The work plan includes:
- Assessing and demonstrating the viability and impact of blending hydrogen with natural gas at various ratios in KOGAS’ transmission pipeline system;
- Advising on the options, construction and operation of hydrogen injection facilities and equipment;
- Reviewing methods for controlling the concentration of hydrogen blending for customers;
- Providing on-site technical support and data analysis for the hydrogen demonstration project and supporting KOGAS in addressing the requirements of the energy regulator through the application of knowledge gained in related projects internationally.
Our global hydrogen network of multidisciplinary experts, which has grown in Asia with key recruitments in 2022, has already been involved in numerous hydrogen initiatives across the energy and maritime industries
said Brice Le Gallo, Vice President and Regional Director APAC, Energy Systems at DNV.
What is more, South Korea adopted the Hydrogen Economy Roadmap in 2019 and established the Hydrogen Economy Commission in 2021 to oversee the development of a fully-fledged hydrogen economy to decarbonize transport, power generation and industry while also driving economic growth and global industrial competitiveness.
Up to 2040, KOGAS is planning to invest $37 billion internationally to establish renewable power generation facilities that produce hydrogen which will be imported, stored and transported through a specialized hydrogen pipeline network.
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