ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH

Company: ONTRAS

Project name: doing hydrogen

Locations: Rostock to Leipzig and Rüdersdorf (east of Berlin) – Eisenhüttenstadt


  • 354 kilometres of existing pipeline converted to carry 100% hydrogen
  • 262 of hydrogen generators, consumers and storage facilities
  • Connection to other hydrogen networks


  • Construction to start in 2025
  • Commission 2027/2028

Infrastructure is the lifeline of the hydrogen economy. Underground pipelines transport the hydrogen from the production sites or import ports to the consumers and storage facilities – safely and efficiently. The about 575-kilometre starting network connects production and consumption points in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Berlin. The principle of using existing pipeline infrastructure enables rapid scalability to large H2 capacities and provides a strong foundation for regional and international expansion. The connection to Salzgitter and Eisenhüttenstadt is already planned, as well as to Poland, the Czech Republic and Denmark.

ONTRAS and GASCADE are also the two companies that launched doing hydrogen. As the initiators, they are instrumental in building a strong platform for the hydrogen economy in eastern Germany.

„We want to connect the most important hydrogen regions in eastern Germany. By integrating into the European Hydrogen Backbone, we create opportunities for Europe-wide hydrogen transport, imports and storage access.“
Ralph Bahke
CEO of ONTRAS Gastransport GmbH