China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation (Sinopec) is planning to construct a long-distance hydrogen transmission pipeline to aid China’s transition towards renewable energy.
The west-to-east hydrogen transmission pipeline will stretch more than 400km from Inner Mongolia to Beijing.
Sinopec, which is listed in Shanghai and Hong Kong, said that the plan is part of the national fuel transmission network development blueprint.
“When completed, it will replace the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region’s fossil fuel-based hydrogen production, and help meet [growing] hydrogen demand in the transport sector,” the South China Morning Post quoted the company as saying in its press statement.
“It will also greatly relieve the nation’s green hydrogen demand-supply mismatch,” the statement added.
The hydrogen transmission line is expected to have an initial capacity of 100,000t per year.
The current plan allows the pipeline’s long-term transmission capacity to be increased to 500,000t.
Different points of connection will be created for the system to receive hydrogen from potential sources.
Furthermore, the pipeline will feature ports to allow access to new possible hydrogen sources.
Sinopec also revealed that the feasibility study report has “basically been completed”, and work on the new pipeline’s routing, technical analysis and construction design has been going smoothly.
However, the Chinese energy giant did not give any details regarding the building time period, investment and expected returns.
In 2021, the company established a green hydrogen project in Kuqa in the western Xinjiang area.
The move will help China meet its stated target of producing 100,000–200,000t of green hydrogen per year and have roughly 50,000 hydrogen-fuelled vehicles by 2025.
In December last year, Aramco, Sinopec and SABIC agreed to jointly explore refining and petrochemical opportunities in China and Saudi Arabia.
A heads of agreement was signed between Aramco and Sinopec for a greenfield project in Gulei, Fujian Province.