HyNet hydrogen pipeline plans unveiled

A consultation has been launched for Cadent’s HyNet North West Hydrogen Pipeline, which, if built, has the potential to prevent 10m tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere each year.

The 125-kilometre pipeline would link together Essar’s Stanlow Manufacturing Complex near Ellesmere Port with industrial users and power generators around Merseyside, Cheshire and parts of Greater Manchester.

The pipeline would also connect to special stations in Warburton and Partington that would be able to blend the hydrogen in with the existing gas network to heat homes and businesses. Excess hydrogen would be sent to underground storage facilities to help balance supply and demand.

While the pipeline would largely be underground, there would need to be some above-ground infrastructure at various spots along the route.

Cadent estimates construction on the pipeline could begin in 2025.

A consultation on the proposal will run through 11 March. You can access the consultation at hynethydrogenpipeline.co.uk.

Rob Donovan, Cadent head of project delivery for HyNet said: “We are excited to launch our consultation on our proposals and get the thoughts of local people to help us identify the best route for the pipeline.

“Cadent is committed to supporting a net zero carbon future for the UK,” Donovan continued. “Delivery of these plans will be essential to unlocking the ambitions of HyNet North West which would benefit the area for many years and generations to come.”

The HyNet North West Hydrogen Pipeline is part of the HyNet North West low carbon cluster, an ambitious development geared towards placing the region at the forefront of the green economy while helping reduce the amount of carbon emissions and aiding the UK in reaching its net zero targets. HyNet is one of two projects to receive funds from the government’s £1bn CCS Infrastructure Fund.

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