The "H2 Backbone Murfeld" project is based on the extension of the existing south-east pipeline for hydrogen transport. In the future, this could transport green hydrogen from Croatia and Italy to Austria and Europe.
Hydrogen is considered a game changer for the energy transition: The sustainable energy carrier can be used to drive decarbonization and sustainably secure the energy supply. In the "H2 Backbone Murfeld" project, the South-East Pipeline (SOL) is to be given a parallel line for the transport of hydrogen.
New pipeline strengthens energy supply in Austria
The plan is to build a new 26-kilometer-long parallel pipeline. This would allow around 33 gigawatt hours of hydrogen per day to be transported between Austria and Croatia (via Slovenia), and Austria and Italy in both directions from 2035. The project would contribute significantly to the diversification of the Austrian energy system. Domestic consumer centers such as Styria, the Vienna and Linz metropolitan areas, and surrounding industrial areas would benefit from the supply of hydrogen.
Part of the Europe-wide REPowerEU initiative
The "H2 Backbone Murfeld" project increases domestic supply security and makes an important contribution to Austrian and European climate goals. It was submitted to the European Commission as a Project of Common Interest (PCI). The new hydrogen transport route is also part of the REPowerEU initiative for affordable, secure and sustainable energy in Europe.
More information about the project can be found here: H2 Backbone Murfeld.