Xcel Energy investigates hydrogen blends for US pipelines


Utilities company Xcel Energy is looking to inject and blend hydrogen into its 36,000-mile distribution pipeline and 2,000 miles of transmission pipeline in the US.

A detailed assessment carried out by industrial engineering solutions specialist Worley, along with its consulting business Advisian, will evaluate what percentage of injected hydrogen the system can accommodate and highlight any necessary upgrades.

Once complete Xcel Energy will receive the data required to help proceed with any upgrades and adaptations to the infrastructure. It is hoped the assessment will be complete in July.

Worley Group’s involvement will entail reviewing all assets, including compression stations, meters and facilities. The team will assess each system area and location to evaluable the maximum allowable hydrogen blending capability.

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