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Russia Looks to Hydrogen as Way to Make Gas Greener for Europe

Gazprom wants to create a market for hydrogen as pollution rules tighten

An employee checks gauges at the Beregovaya compressor station, part of the Blue Stream gas pipeline, a joint venture between OAO Gazprom and Eni SpA, in Gelendzhik, Russia.

An employee checks gauges at the Beregovaya compressor station, part of the Blue Stream gas pipeline, a joint venture between OAO Gazprom and Eni SpA, in Gelendzhik, Russia.

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Russia is looking at how to develop a market for hydrogen in Europe, a move that would help maintain demand for one of its primary exports as governments everywhere work to cut pollution.

Gazprom PJSC, the Russian company that’s the dominant exporter of natural gas into Europe, is exploring ways to produce emissions-free hydrogen from its fuel and create a 153 billion-euro ($175 billion) a year market by 2050, according to a presentation executives from the company made in Brussels last month. That would be bigger than the $110 billion value of Europe’s existing natural gas supply last year.