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Ex-Italian Gas Pipeline Head Moves to Hydrogen

Editorial Staff
Jun 6, 2022
Image: Scott Webb via Unsplash

Tree Energy Solutions (TES) has tapped Marco Alvera, formerly head of Italian natural gas pipeline operator Snam, as Chief Executive Officer for its green hydrogen-focused energy transition business.

TES plans to build some of the world’s largest hydrogen projects, leveraging existing global energy infrastructure for quicker and lower-cost hydrogen transportation, as hydrogen scales up to help meet global decarbonisation goals, according to a company statement.

“Marco has had a distinguished career in major energy companies, having been the CEO of SNAM, a world-leading energy company and hydrogen leader, for the last six years,” executive co-chairs of TES, Paul van Poecke and Marcel van Poecke, said. “He is recognised as a global leader in the energy transition with unrivalled experience, particularly in hydrogen.”

In late 2021, Snam – Europe’s largest natural gas pipeline operator – invested EUR 385 million into the development of green hydrogen deliveries from North Africa to Europe.

TES sees its first project, the Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub, drawing EUR 2.5 billion in its initial phase. The hub plans to deliver first supplies by early 2026. It is set to supply 250 TWh per year of long-term, non-intermittent carbon-neutral energy to Germany, accounting for 10% of supply by 2045.

Production and export terminal locations for hydrogen are being developed in the Middle East and North America, according to the statement.

Alvera will draw on executive experience that bridges different forms of energy production and delivery, including senior roles at leading utilities provider Enel Group, and oil and gas company Eni. He will also be a TES investor.

“I look forward to leveraging my experience across both electricity, gas and hydrogen at a time when Europe and the world are raising ambitions and targets to achieve decarbonisation and energy security,” Alvera said in the statement. “TES will make a material contribution to deliver cheaper, safer and sustainable energy to our mobility, industry and power customers.”

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