Hydrogen Distribution

Hydrogen Distribution

Hydrogen Distribution

Connecting hydrogen production sources with end-users, including residential homes and vehicle filling stations

The main ways to transport hydrogen are:

  • Pipeline systems, either blended in with natural gas or dedicated to pure hydrogen

  • Trucks, either in compressed cylinders / tube trailers or liquid tankers

  • Ships/barges

Stork’s main focus is on understanding the pipeline distribution channel. For decades, we have been involved in the maintenance of natural gas pipeline systems, including gas compressor stations and underground gas storage facilities. See examples case studies below:

Contrary to piping on the premise of a single client, we understand that distribution pipelines are a whole other category of work, where ‘space’, regulations and local engagement add totally new dimensions.

In the case of liquid hydrogen, we are leveraging the experience we have with liquefied natural gas (LNG), were we performed maintenance and turnaround services to 9 baseload LNG trains.

Hydrogen residential heating networks

Stork is applying its pipeline system knowledge to converting existing gas infrastructure to hydrogen. This starts at the point of supply and looks at storage, reuse of pipelines, compressors, valving, metering, instrumentation and ultimately replacing the burners in the homes. As they say: "the weakest link will break the chain".  Forgetting to address one packing in the whole system, can lead to serious safety issues and loss of valuable hydrogen.

Example of Stork's involvement

Currently Stork is providing overall management oversight to switch over to 100% hydrogen for residential heating in the municipality of Hoogeveen, The Netherlands. Similarly, we’re getting ready to be involved in the municipalities of Alkmaar, Nieuwborgen and Borger Odoorn.


Hydrogen filling stations

Apart from residential homes, busses, heavy trucks, and cars also need safe and reliable dispensing of hydrogen. These filling stations typically contain 350 / 700 bar compressors. Building on our rotating, instrumentation, and calibration expertise, we are well positioned to maintain the anticipated surge of hydrogen filling stations.

Example of Stork's involvement

Stork has been providing calibration, preventive and 24/7 corrective maintenance services related to E&I, valves, safety devices and high-pressure compressors since 2014, starting in Belgium and then continuing in the Netherlands. Apart from maintaining the equipment, we also maintain the condition of the stations itself and we have provided guided tours to interested parties.

More recently Stork was involved in performing all mechanical and E&I connections to a new modular hydrogen filling station in the northeast of the Netherlands.


Related Reference Cases

CENIT (overall contract, Colombia) - Read more here

NAM (Shell/ExxonMobil - overall contract, NL) - Read more here

NAM (Shell/ExxonMobil @ Grijpskerk - NL) - Read more here

NAM (Shell/ExxonMobil @ Norg, NL) - Read more here

NAM (Shell/ExxonMobil @ Norg, NL) - Read more here

Gasunie (NL) - Read more here

Operations and Maintenance Hydrocarbon Transport Systems (Ecopetrol-CENIT) - Read more here

Hydrogen Reformer Repair (Colombia) - Read more here 

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