Professional services consultancy WSP, communications specialists Copper Consultancy and planning consultants Axis have been appointed by Progressive Energy to support the UK’s most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) project.

HyNet North West aims to reduce emissions from industry, homes, transport and the power generation sector across the North West and North Wales, supporting clean economic growth and a transition to a low carbon economy.

WSP will provide the consenting, environmental impact assessment, stakeholder and land advisory services to support the submission of a Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the CO2 pipeline.

Copper Consultancy and Axis will be supporting WSP and Progressive Energy on stakeholder engagement, communications and planning for the proposed pipeline.

The DCO relates to the construction of a new section of pipeline between Stanlow and a location near Connah’s Quay, where it will connect to an existing underground and undersea pipeline which will safely transport the CO2 to depleted offshore gas and oil reservoirs under the seabed in Liverpool Bay.

Mike Greslow, Technical Director in WSP’s Planning Consultancy, said, “HyNet is a transformative project for communities across the North West of England and North Wales.”

“Hydrogen and CCUS have the potential to decarbonise the UK’s industrial clusters, prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere and provide clean economic growth.”

Annabel John, Director at Copper Consultancy, commented, “We know that there is strong public support for reaching net zero emissions and for greener energy, transport and manufacturing but new solutions need understanding to help ensure successful delivery.”

“Communities and industry across the North West are set to benefit from the delivery of hydrogen infrastructure in their region and HyNet has a compelling story to tell.”

“Alongside our key partners, we are looking forward to bringing this story to life for people and playing a small part in forging a greener future for generations to come.”

Andrew Russell, Technical Director at Axis, added, “This project marks a very important step in achieving the UKs commitments to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, identifying the North West as a leader in the UKs fight on climate change.”

HyNet North West is being delivered by a consortium of partners, each of whom will lead a different part of the project.

Progressive Energy is leading the development of the CCUS pipelines and Cadent is leading development of the hydrogen pipelines.