Plans for the UK’s first hydrogen distribution pipeline have taken a significant step forward.

This comes as global consulting and engineering company Wood today (Oct 26) said it has been awarded the consenting and environmental assessment and front-end engineering design (FEED) contract for the Cadent’s HyNet North West project.

From 2025, HyNet North West will begin to convert natural gas into low carbon hydrogen at Stanlow Refinery, with carbon dioxide safely captured and stored offshore in the Liverpool Bay gas fields.

A new pipeline network will transport the clean hydrogen to power industry, fuel buses, trains and heavy goods vehicles, to generate electricity, and to heat homes across North West England and North Wales.

It is hoped such efforts will reduce regional carbon dioxide emissions by up to 10 million tonnes every year by 2030 – the equivalent of taking four million cars off the road.

By then, HyNet North West alone will already be delivering 80% of the Government’s new UK-wide target of 5GW of low carbon hydrogen for power, transport, industry and homes.

Now a huge part of delivering on this, a multidisciplinary Wood team will lead the design, consenting and consultation of a new 85km hydrogen pipeline and ground installations.

In addition to this, Wood will also provide land rights consultation and engagement services to support the application for consent.

On the news, Josh Carmichael, Vice-President of Hydrogen at Wood, said, “We are delighted to be working with Cadent on HyNet North West.

“Together with our clients, we’re driving hydrogen production and distribution at pace and at an industrial scale as one of the mission-critical pathways to a more sustainable future.

“Industries and clusters will be key to catalysing the hydrogen industry in the UK, and we are excited to be a part of this leading project”

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Extracted in full from: UK’s first hydrogen distribution pipeline one step closer to reality (h2-view.com)

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