A major infrastructure project to capture and store over a million tonnes of carbon from industry and store it offshore in Liverpool Bay is on track to be operational within five years.
Named ‘Hynet’, the project aims to completely transform the gas grid in the North West by replacing part of the natural gas supply with locally-produced hydrogen - which produces just heat and water when burned.
The carbon dioxide generated during the hydrogen production process will be captured and pumped back into decommissioned gas fields in the Liverpool Bay area, rather than being released into the atmosphere.
The hydrogen gas blend will be delivered to businesses and households in the region, reducing the carbon footprint of two million homes in Cheshire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester overnight.
The initiative is being led by gas distributor Cadent and a wider consortium including Essar Oil UK, CF Fertilisers, developer Peel and the University of Chester.
The first phase of the project will see around £300 million invested in constructing carbon capture and storage (CCS) infrastructure and has now been backed with £800,000 in government funding. Longer-term, the overall investment is planned to reach around £1 billion.
North West a ‘world leader’
Up to 5,000 jobs are expected to be created from the planning, construction and ongoing operation of the new facilities, with the prospect of more jobs and investment as the technology rolls out to other regions of the UK.
Ed Syson, chief safety and strategy officer at Cadent, said: “This a critical step towards achieving huge carbon savings for UK industry and to enable its clean growth. HyNet is game-changing and positions the North West as a world leader in carbon capture and hydrogen technologies.
“With a range of partners, we are building a project here that will help decarbonise heat in homes and industry, along with providing cleaner fuel for transport like trains and buses.”
Posted under Environmental Technologies and Renewable Energy on 10 July 2019