Xcel Energy Inc. and Worley are assessing the suitability of Xcel’s US natural gas infrastructure for hydrogen transport. The study will determine what percentage of injected hydrogen Xcel’s transmission and distribution system can handle, and what upgrades will be necessary to safely maximize this quantity.
This project involves reviewing all assets, including compression stations, meters, and other infrastructure and is due for completion in July 2023.
Xcel operates 2,200 miles of transmission pipeline and 36,000 miles of distribution pipeline.
Korea Gas Corp. (KOGAS) and DNV earlier this year began assessment of the viability of blending hydrogen into Korea’s 5,000-km high-pressure gas transmission network. Work will include assessing and demonstrating the impact of blending hydrogen with gas at various ratios in KOGAS’s transmission system, advising on the options, and building and operating hydrogen injection sites (OGJ Online, Feb. 8, 2023).