Pipe dreams? Repurposing pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen

As the UK heads into future of dramatically altered energy production and use, Fieldfisher pipelines’ specialist Emily Tetley-Jones considers the practical and legal issues that need to be addressed to enable hydrogen to play its part.

Today, hydrogen, a colourless, odourless, tasteless, flammable gas, is mainly used as a feedstock for the chemical industry.

Following the publication of the UK Hydrogen Strategy in August 2021 and the outcome of COP26 meeting of world leaders the following November, hydrogen’s applicability looks set to be expanded.

In the light of looming longstops on various carbon-intensive technologies and stricter carbon reduction commitments, policymakers and pipeline operators need to urgently consider what will be required to make hydrogen part of the UK’s cleaner energy mix from a transmission perspective.

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