ILF Consulting and the HyPerLink Hydrogen Project
The transmission system operator Gasunie is entering the implementation phase with the HyPerLink hydrogen project. This is considered one of the lighthouse projects of the European hydrogen economy as it will ultimately create an efficient network for hydrogen transport – from its import sources and production sites to important industrial locations and underground storage facilities.
In total, the HyPerLink is to reach a total length of about 610 km and connect the Netherlands with Germany and Denmark. About 500 km of this backbone can be realised by converting the existing natural gas network. Preparatory work has already begun. The actual start of construction will take place in the summer of 2023. The first phase of the project is to be completed as early as 2026. In 2021, the project was nominated as a candidate for the IPCEI process (Important Projects of Common European Interest). ILF Consulting Engineers has been contracted to provide planning and project management services for the modification of the existing pipeline infrastructure. In particular, old valves and other components will have to be replaced as part of the initial upgrade measures.