The vision

Alongside electrification, developing a renewable and low-carbon hydrogen value chain, is an important way for Europe to achieve its climate and energy objectives. However, EU will not be able to produce enough renewable hydrogen to cover its own consumption. Therefore, REPowerEU joint action plan foresees that 10 million tons will need to be imported to Europe by 2030. 

The Central European Hydrogen Corridor (CEHC) initiative explores the feasibility of creating a hydrogen “highway” in Central Europe for transporting hydrogen from major hydrogen supply areas in Ukraine via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to hydrogen demand areas in Germany. The hydrogen corridor will also enable the transport of hydrogen between hydrogen production facilities and hydrogen consumers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Ukraine is a very promising future major supply area of hydrogen that offers excellent conditions for large-scale, green hydrogen production. Ukraine is also well connected to Europe by its large natural gas pipeline system that can be repurposed to transport hydrogen to Central Europe.

Slovakia and the Czech Republic are operating a large natural gas pipeline corridor connecting Ukraine with European demand areas. The Slovak and Czech gas pipeline systems can also be repurposed to transport hydrogen.

Germany is expected to be one of the largest demand areas of hydrogen in Europe. Importing significant amounts of hydrogen is essential to meet projected demand in this region.

The CEHC Initiative believes that such a corridor for the transportation of hydrogen from Ukraine to Germany can be created based on repurposed existing gas infrastructure, combined with targeted investments in new dedicated hydrogen pipelines and compressor stations. This enables dedicated hydrogen transport over long distances at affordable costs.

The CEHC initiative is open to forming partnerships with hydrogen producers, large hydrogen consumers and other gas infrastructure companies to help facilitate the production and consumption of hydrogen in Central Europe.

Project status

Pre-feasibility study: The results indicate that it is technically feasible to transport 120 GWh of hydrogen per day through Central Europe

S&D: We have started to assess the supply and demand side of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen in Central Europe

H2: We have started to reach out to potential hydrogen producers and consumers and other gas infrastructure companies to form partnerships

Who we are

The Central European Hydrogen Corridor initiative is being promoted by a group of four leading Central European gas transmission infrastructure companies in Ukraine, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Germany, working together to create a Central European hydrogen transport infrastructure.

The participating companies are EUSTREAM (the Slovak gas TSO), Gas TSO of Ukraine, NET4GAS (the Czech gas TSO) and OGE (a leading German gas TSO).