BERLIN (dpa-AFX) - Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck is planning 9700 kilometers of pipelines for the most important connections of a future German hydrogen network. The Green politician said this on Tuesday in Berlin at the presentation of the plans for the so-called hydrogen core network. Hydrogen is an important source of hope for the energy transition, which should help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the future, including in industry.

Habeck compared the lines in the hydrogen core network to federal highways. In a further step, further connections would then have to be planned in the area, which would correspond to state, federal or district roads.

According to Habeck, the network will initially be planned oversized, with an output capacity of 270 terawatt hours. For the year 2030, a demand of 95 to 130 terawatt hours is currently expected. "That means we are planning for the future."

In the long term, he assumes that Germany will produce 30 to 50 percent of its hydrogen requirements itself, with the rest having to be imported. This would be done via pipelines or in the form of ammonia by ship. Habeck emphasized that this would make Germany less dependent on imports than is currently the case with oil, gas and hard coal, where almost 100 percent is imported.

Thomas Goßmann, CEO of FNB Gas, put the investment costs for the core network at 19.8 billion euros. This sum is to be provided by the private sector. FNB Gas is the association of supra-regional gas transport companies in Germany./hrz/DP/mis