Germany joins Spain, Portugal and France in the ‘H2Med’ green corridor
Germany will be the new partner of Spain, Portugal and France in the ‘H2Med’ green hydrogen submarine corridor between Barcelona and Marseille, as announced by the President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and later confirmed by the Spanish Government. This will be the first hydroduct that will connect the Iberian Peninsula with the rest of Europe and that It will be operational in 2030.
“We have decided lengthen ‘H2Med’which, thanks to European funds, unites Portugal, Spain and France, to Germany, which will be a partner in the infrastructure of this project”, Macron stated in the act that culminated the Franco-German Summit that sought to give shelving the tensions between Paris and Berlin in 2022.
Macron has indicated that there is “a will” to promote green hydrogen at the European level. The French president recalled that this project is more viable than the MidCat, the plan that Spain and Portugal originally defended for the transport of gas. “The MidCat was not the good strategy, which was to transport gas and that it crossed the Pyrenees, now it is the good strategy, which passes through the Mediterranean“, he considered.
Scholz, who at the time endorsed the MidCat and tried to “convince” Macron to complete it, he considered today that the hydroduct “is a good project for the future” and has also valued its “good European anchorage”, for uniting its Spanish and Portuguese partners, as well as French.
Alternative to polluting energy sources
France, Spain and Portugal agreed at the Euro-Mediterranean summit in Alicante, on December 9, to build this underwater hydroduct between Barcelona and Marseille. This agreement will allow the transport of green hydrogen throughout Europe in a context of search for alternatives to polluting energy sourcesin moments of crisis due to the war in Ukraine.
The project includes two cross-border infrastructures, one between Celorico daBeira (Portugal) and Zamora, and another submarine, between Barcelona and Marseille, as well as two trunk axes. The macroproject, which will be financed up to 50% by European fundswill allow hydrogen obtained with renewable energies to be brought to the EU.
Sánchez celebrates the entry of Germany
In a statement, the Spanish Government has also confirmed this Sunday that Germany will join the project and recalled that ‘H2Med’ will be in operation in 2030 and is expected to be able to transport from Spain 2 million tons of hydrogen green per year, which will represent 10% of the total consumed by the EU”. “In 2050 it is estimated that the 20% of all energy in Europe will be renewable hydrogen“, has indicated the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain.
For his part, the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, has celebrated the entry of Germany into the H2Med project and has ensured that the green corridor definitively strengthens its pan-European dimension by being a new “Iberian solution”.
“After the Treaty of Barcelona, the green corridor definitely reinforces its pan-European dimension. A new Iberian solution, and there are already two, in favor of European energy sovereignty“He added in a message on the social network Twitter, collected by Europa Press.