Hydrogene European Backbone


On Tuesday November 14, the German government, in partnership with FNB gas, announced its intention to accelerate the development of its future interconnected hydrogen network. On Wednesday 15 November, these measures have been officially adopted, launching a new phase for the projects that form the futur global hydrogen network.

Once completed, the total length of the hydrogen core network will be around 9,700 km, in 2032.

60% of the network will consist of converted existing pipelines.

GRTgaz Deutschland is making a significant contribution to this global project by adapting its existing infrastructure.

The MEGAL pipeline will be part of the German hydrogen backbone and will facilitate the transport of green, low-carbon hydrogen from the Iberian Peninsula via France to Germany.

The Hy-Fen project, promoted by GRTgaz, is expected to make this supply from western Europe possible by 2030, and provide a connection to the German network.

The German hydrogen economy is about to take a major step forward and GRTgaz Deutschland is pleased to be part of it.




GRTgaz Deutschland will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year! The organisation founded in 2003 as a child operation of Gaz de France Transport has experienced various changes in the industry. Their 40 employees celebrate not only the anniversary, but the ambitious plans to evolve the industry as it looks ahead to the future.

From Gaz de France Transport to GRTgaz, from NetConnect Germany to Trading Hub Europe, through its ITO certification, the founding of an intrapreneurial startup, appygas, and an innovative approach to current geopolitical events, we renew our actions to help create a sustainable and economical future: natural gas today, hydrogen tomorrow.

Read the press release 



New Fee for Incremental Capacity

From the incremental capacity cycle 2023 - 2025 onwards, the German transmission system operators will charge a fee of €30,000 per market area border, type of request (incremental capacity or upgrade of existing capacity) and direction (entry or exit capacity) for their activities resulting from the submission of non-binding demand indications in accordance with Article 26 (11) of Regulation (EU) 2017/459 (NC CAM). Please note that the fee will also be charged if the transmission of the non-binding demand indication is not submitted to the applicants by the requesting party directly but by a third party (such as an adjacent, foreign TSO) (cf. point 37 BK9-22/042).

The approval by the Federal Network Agency and detailed information can be found in Decision BK9-22/042 or here


New uniform postage stamp tariff for the Trading Hub Europe (THE) market area from 1 January 2024

For the Trading Hub Europe (THE) market area the transmission system operators have determined the uniform tariff from 1 January 2024 on the basis of the Federal Network Agency’s (BNetzA) REGENT 2021 decision.

On 25 May 2023, GRTgaz published this uniform network tariff. The annual tariff for firm, freely allocable entry and exit capacity will be 5,10 EUR/(kWh/h)/a applicable from 1 January 2024.

Compared to 2023 the tariff for firm freely allocable entry and exit capacities in the THE market area will be around 15,42 percent lower.


VIP France-Germany Entry Auction

From April 29th, 2023 on, GRTgaz Deutschland will be constantly offering 100GWh/d as the technical available capacity (TAC) on a firm basis at the VIP France-Germany Entry on the German side in the day ahead and intraday auction. The quantities will not be harmonised with the quantity released on the French side anymore.

In addition please find the market message from GRTgaz below:

"From April 29th, 2023, GRTgaz is implementing the Intraday offer for its Firm Exit Obergailbach product*. These Intraday capacities will be available for subscription as a bundled product, under PRISMA as from 7pm in day-ahead, if there are still quantities to sell at the end of the daily auctions."

*in accordance to the Délibération de la Commission de Régulation de l’Energie n° 2022-042 from the 29 of September 2022.

Energy of the future

Hydrogen Demand Survey

As an energy transmission system operator, we give a high priority to energies of the future. We are currently in the process of preparing our MEGAL pipeline system for the transport of hydrogen. In order to be able to realise a transport of CO2-neutral hydrogen from the Iberian Peninsula via France to Germany, the hydrogen demand along our pipeline system has to be evaluated. To this end, we have launched a survey on hydrogen grid connection demand. Your participation will contribute significantly to creating planning parameters for a conversion to hydrogen and enabling a market ramp-up for hydrogen.

You may find more information on the page Our Future.


Gas Transport: Hydrogen Successfully Tested in Compressor Prime Mover

Essen/Waidhaus, 23 February 2023 – GRTZgaz Deutschland, OGE and Solar Turbines have successfully tested a low emissions Titan 130 SoLoNOx Solar gas turbine as a prime mover on a natural gas compressor using hydrogen blending rates of up to 25 percent. These gas turbines are usually powered by natural gas taken from the pipeline system.

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