China's first pure hydrogen long-distance pipeline project has officially started, and the "West East Hydrogen Transmission" pipeline has been included in the national plan

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On April 10th, Sinopec announced that the "West East Hydrogen Transmission" hydrogen pipeline demonstration project has been included in the "National One Network Construction Implementation Plan for Oil and Gas", marking a new stage of development for China's long-distance hydrogen transmission pipeline. The "West East Hydrogen Transmission" starts from Ulanqab City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and ends at Yanshan Petrochemical in Beijing. The pipeline has a total length of over 400 kilometers and is China's first large-scale, long-distance pure hydrogen transmission pipeline that spans across provinces and regions. After the completion of the pipeline, it will be used to replace the existing fossil energy for hydrogen production and transportation in the Beijing Tianjin Hebei region, greatly alleviating the problem of mismatch between supply and demand of green hydrogen in China. It will have a strategic demonstration and leading role in the construction of cross regional hydrogen transmission pipelines in China in the future, and assist in China's energy transformation and upgrading.

It is reported that the "West East Hydrogen Transmission" pipeline is planned to pass through 9 counties and districts in 3 provinces (cities), including Inner Mongolia, Hebei, and Beijing. The first phase of the pipeline has a capacity of 100000 tons/year, with a reserved potential for long-term improvement of 500000 tons/year. At the same time, ports will be reserved in multiple locations along the route to facilitate access to potential hydrogen sources. In the future, Sinopec can rely on the "West East Hydrogen Transmission" pipeline to build branch lines and hydrogen refueling stations, to help efficiently construct the Beijing Tianjin Hebei hydrogen energy corridor and achieve the "dual carbon" goal in the Beijing Tianjin Hebei region.

Inner Mongolia is rich in scenic resources and has unique advantages in developing green hydrogen. However, how to transport green hydrogen from Inner Mongolia and even western China to areas with strong market demand in the eastern region has always been a bottleneck problem that restricts the development of the green hydrogen industry. At present, long tube trailers are still the mainstream method of long-distance hydrogen transportation in China, but this method has high costs and low efficiency, which is also one of the main reasons for the high cost of terminal hydrogen use, greatly restricting the development of the industrial chain. Hydrogen pipelines can achieve large-scale and long-distance transportation of hydrogen, while also considering economic efficiency. Sinopec has already laid out the Ordos wind and solar integrated green hydrogen demonstration project in Inner Mongolia, and plans to build a large-scale green electricity to green hydrogen project in Ulanqab City. By establishing an integrated hydrogen industry development model of wind and solar power generation, green electricity to hydrogen production, hydrogen pipeline transmission, refining, and transportation hydrogen, the demonstration layout of the entire industrial chain of hydrogen energy production, storage, transmission, and utilization will be achieved.