Update – 26 January 2022

Consultation launched on HyNet North West Hydrogen Pipeline

People across the North West are being encouraged to have their say on Cadent’s plans to design, construct and operate a new underground hydrogen pipeline.

Cadent’s HyNet North West Hydrogen Pipeline will take hydrogen produced at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex to industrial users and power generators across the North West, supporting the switch away from natural gas to a low carbon economy in the region.

This project has the potential to prevent 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide per year being emitted into the atmosphere by 2030. The project will also secure existing high skilled employment in the region and introduce new green jobs for future generations.

Local people are now being asked to help Cadent develop the route of the pipeline and sites for other related infrastructure. The consultation will run until 23:59 on 11 March 2022. Cadent has launched an online consultation hub (www.hynethydrogenpipeline.co.uk) where people can find out more about the project and provide feedback. The project will also be holding eight in-person events across the project area and two webinars.

Rob Donovan, Cadent Head of Project Delivery for HyNet said: “We are interested to hear any information that might help us identify the best route for the pipeline. Although the pipeline will largely be underground and will not be routed underneath any homes, there will be some above ground installations. Therefore, we want to understand areas that are important to local people so we can continue to develop the project including our future construction plans in the most appropriate way.

“As the region’s gas distribution network, we’re committed to supporting a Net Zero Carbon future. This project will help achieve that and we’re excited to be sharing our early plans with people”.

The pipeline will be part of the HyNet North West low carbon cluster, an innovative low carbon and hydrogen energy project that will unlock a low carbon economy for the North West and North Wales. HyNet will support some of the North West’s biggest businesses and employers by delivering and maintaining thousands of jobs for local people and helping the region lead the way in the UK’s transition to Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

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Interactive map (under review)

Interactive map

This map shows an overview of the proposals we presented at our second, statutory consultation – the area where our pipeline will be routed and temporary construction areas located, as well as potential Hydrogen Above Ground Installation (HAGI) and Block Valve Installation (BVI) locations.

See map