Shaping the hydrogen and carbon infrastructure for Belgium: cooperative commercial process

    Joining forces

    Building the hydrogen and carbon infrastructure for Belgium requires careful planning, design and repurposing or construction over many years. To facilitate the market at best, we have started a cooperative commercial process. Through this process we join forces with industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the required capacities come on line as needed and with sufficient economy of scale. At the same time we keep the infrastructure development coherent with the long-term planning horizon 2050.

    1. Info session

    Potential users of the hydrogen and carbon infrastructure were invited to our info session on 26/01/2021. During the session we broadly outlined our approach, the commercial process and the technical orientations.

    Download the infosession presentation (PDF 1MB)

    See the recording of the infosession

    Download the Q&A of the infosession (PDF 216KB)

    Download the quality specification proposals for hydrogen and CO2 (PDF 128KB)

    2. Request for information: questionnaire

    Potential users of the hydrogen and/or carbon infrastructure were invited to fill out our request for information: a questionnaire allowing us to get a clear overview of how market needs develop geographically and over time.

    The information gathered through the requests serves as our data tool to develop a clear overview of how market needs develop geographically and over time. The requests for information also allowed us to exchange bilaterally with participants and address technical orientations.

    Go to the online questionnaire

    Download the questionnaire (PDF 205KB)

    Non-binding request. The request for information is non-binding: completing the request does not engage your company to any future service of Fluxys Belgium.

    Non-disclosure agreement. All information you share with us through the request for information will be treated as confidential in accordance with the non-disclosure agreement below. If you wish to formalise this non-disclosure agreement, you can fill out, sign and send the document back to prior to filling out the request for information.

    Download the non-disclosure agreement (DOC 44KB)

    3. Collect and aggregate

    This is the process of consolidating and aggregating the results gathered through the Request for information responses. Bilateral exchanges the market participants helped us to deepen our understanding of the market needs.

    Please feel free to still complete your Request for information if you shouldn’t have done so or if your internal process is still ongoing. We will be integrating your responses on a rolling basis as they continue to come in and keep finetuning our infrastructure mapping.

    4. Feedback to the market

    The volume, quality and representativeness of the data provided through the request for information process provides solid ground to move to the next step.

    Read our general feedback

    5. Unify supply and demand

    Hydrogen market: facilitate mutual exchanges between participants

    Starting from the data collected, we are now in the stage of approaching participants to facilitate mutual exchanges between them in order to match their hydrogen demand and supply levels. This also supports participants in their project development and leaves room for further iterations with Fluxys. We are in this stage in the Antwerp, Ghent, Hainaut, Liège and Limbourg regions. The Zeebrugge region, in turn, is the area to further explore the options to accommodate the integration of local supply and remote imports.

    Carbon market: export route options

    Starting from the data collected, we are now in the stage of approaching participants with our feedback in all clusters initially identified. The feedback also includes sharing of possible CO2 export route options and their associated tariff ranges in order to support participants in their project development.

    Next steps

    The outcome of the exchanges among participants and Fluxys will confirm the infrastructure options required to meet participants’ needs. The infrastructure options required together with the associated capacity tariffs will be the subject of the subsequent open season process. Each open season will be triggered by the match between participants as a result of the mutual exchanges in the previous stage. The open season process, in turn, will initiate the capacity commitments from the market to transform our infrastructure.