The Central European Hydrogen Corridor is an initiative by a group of four leading Central European gas transmission infrastructure companies (EUSTREAM - the Slovak gas TSO, Gas TSO of Ukraine, NET4GAS – the Czech gas TSO and OGE – a leading German gas TSO).

The Central European Hydrogen Corridor was initiated in 2021 to explore a feasible and affordable way to transport hydrogen from future major hydrogen supply areas in Ukraine via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to future hydrogen demand areas in Germany.
The members of the initiative share the vision that renewable and low-carbon hydrogen will play an important role in the decarbonization of the hard-to-abate sectors in Central Europe and will be essential to meet the ambitious Paris Agreement target.
The Central European Hydrogen Corridor initiative aims to create a hydrogen “highway” of more than 1225 kilometer of gas pipelines in Central Europe to transport large volumes of hydrogen from future major hydrogen supply areas in Ukraine via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to future hydrogen demand areas in Germany.
The EHB initiative aims to define the critical role of hydrogen infrastructure. All the CEHC participating companies support this aim and are also actively involved in the EHB initiative.

The latest EHB publication outlines potential five hydrogen import corridors. One of these corridors, Corridor E, focus on transportation of green hydrogen produced in Ukraine to Germany. The Central European Hydrogen Corridor is a central part of this corridor and is an efficient and cost-efficient way to transport hydrogen from Ukraine via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to Germany as it is based on repurposed existing gas infrastructure.
The four project promoters are happy to discuss the possibilities of forming partnerships with hydrogen producers, large hydrogen consumers and other gas infrastructure companies in Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Germany.
The current plan is to complete the project by 2030, with work starting already in 2024. However, turning this project into reality requires i. a. an appropriate legal and regulatory framework and the necessary investment conditions to be in place as the participating companies are fully regulated and unbundled transmission system operators.
The project promoters have started to explore the technical feasibility of creating a Central European Hydrogen Corridor to transport up to 120 GWh per day or 1.3 million tons per year of hydrogen from Ukraine to southern Germany by 2030.

In addition to the technical feasibility the project promoters have also analyzed the potential cost of repurposing specific natural gas pipelines for the transport of hydrogen, combined with targeted investments in new dedicated hydrogen infrastructure. The 1225-kilometer part of the Central European Hydrogen Corridor from the Slovak/Ukrainian border to Germany, requires an estimated total investment of 1000 - 1500 million EUR. The investment cost of the Ukrainian part of the corridor will depend on the exact location of the hydrogen production sites in Ukraine. Since the CEHC project focuses on upgrading existing pipelines, border transfer stations, and compressor stations, significant costs and  time savings can be realized compared to building new infrastructure.
The REPowerEU Plan sets a target of 10 million tons of domestic renewable hydrogen production and a new target of 10 million tons of renewable hydrogen imports by 2030. The CEHC project could transport up to 1.3 million tons of renewable hydrogen imports by 2030, an equivalent of 13 % of the new renewable hydrogen import target.