TotalEnergies/Verbund to plan green hydrogen hub in Tunisia for European supply

TotalEnergies/Verbund to plan green hydrogen hub in Tunisia for European supply

TE H2, an 80:20 joint-venture between French energy firm TotalEnergies and Eren Groupe, together with Verbund, Austria’s leading electricity company, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Tunisia to study the implementation of a large green hydrogen project named “H2 Notos” for export to Central Europe through pipelines.

H2 Notos aims to produce green hydrogen using electrolysers powered by large onshore wind and solar projects and supplied with desalinated sea water. The project aims to produce 200,000 tonnes/year of green hydrogen during its initial phase, with the potential to scale up production to 1 million tonnes/year in South Tunisia.

The project will have access to the European market through the “SoutH2 Corridor”, a hydrogen pipeline project connecting North Africa to Italy, Austria, and Germany, which is expected to be commissioned around 2030.

TE H2, together with Verbund, will be leading the development, financing, construction, and operation of the integrated project from production of green electricity to production of green hydrogen.

In addition, Verbund will coordinate the transport of the produced hydrogen towards Central Europe.