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WSP to design new hydrogen pipeline in UK to support net-zero emissions

Engineering consultancy WSP will lead the conceptual design of a new hydrogen pipeline in the North West of the UK, supporting the country’s target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The pipeline project, known as HyNet, will be the most advanced hydrogen and carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) project in the UK. It includes the development of a new hydrogen pipeline for the North West of England and Northeast Wales, which will be designed by WSP.

HyNet represents the first element of the UK’s CCUS infrastructure, which will be a vital technology for achieving the ambitious emissions savings needed to meet the 2050 carbon reduction targets.

The pipeline will connect hydrogen production plants with storage facilities in Cheshire and future hydrogen users across the region. WSP will design the pipeline’s operational model, taking into consideration hydrogen flows, seasonal storage and AGI requirements.

“Hydrogen is quickly going to become a crucial element of clean energy supply in the UK and we need to embrace all opportunities to make the most of its potential to change the way we generate, distribute and consume energy,” said Ben Clarke, head of gas networks at WSP. “Designing infrastructure which is future ready and will support the UK’s Net Zero 2050 target is truly exciting.”

WSP is designing the pipeline for Progressive Energy, on behalf of UK gas network Cadent. The goal of the project is to reduce emissions from industry, homes and transport across the UK’s North West, supporting economic growth.

WSP, in partnership with Progressive Energy and Cadent, will work closely with regional partners in the North West Hydrogen Alliance and others.