The first CO2 injection is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2027
The first CO2 injection is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2027

HyNet CO2 pipeline gets go ahead

The HyNet Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Pipeline application has today been granted development consent by the UK Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero Claire Coutinho.

The project consists of a new build pipeline that will transport CO2 produced and captured by future hydrogen producing facilities and existing industrial premises in North West England and North Wales for offshore storage.

According to HyNet, the offshore transportation and storage proposed development involves the repurposing of the existing offshore natural gas import pipeline from Point of Ayr (PoA) Gas Terminal to become an export pipeline to transport CO2 to a newly constructed Douglas Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) platform, and onwards to Hamilton Main, Hamilton North, and Lennox platforms for injection into depleted oil and gas reservoirs.

The first CO2 injection is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2027. HyNet lists Eni as the operator responsible for the CO2 transport via underground pipeline and undersea storage.

Source: HyNet

The first part of HyNet, focusing on carbon capture and storage (CCS), aims to store up to 10 million tonnes from local industry by 2030. Hydrogen will be manufactured at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex in Ellesmere Port by EET Hydrogen.

The CO2 Pipeline application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for consideration by Liverpool Bay CCS Limited on the 3rd October 2022 and accepted for Examination on 31stOctober 2022.

Following an Examination during which the public, Statutory Consultees and Interested Parties were given the opportunity to give evidence to the Examining Authority, recommendations were made to the Secretary of State on 20th December 2023.

Last month the UK Government gave low carbon hydrogen a further boost with over £21 million-worth of support for seven projects to make green fuel, powering up local transport and businesses from Suffolk to Shetland.

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