UK gas networks ‘ready to deliver hydrogen infrastructure’

The UK’s gas networks are ready to deliver hydrogen infrastructure in a country-wide, coordinated way in the coming decades, according to A hydrogen vision for the UK report published by the Energy Networks Association.

Gas networks are ready to invest £6.8bn in hydrogen-focused innovation projects by 2031/32, the report states, but to deliver, the industry sets out a 10-point plan.

It wants the government to ensure that the current high levels of political commitment to hydrogen production development are matched for hydrogen network infrastructure development; a clear roadmap to be produced for the development of a new hydrogen regulatory and market framework; and publish a strategic policy statement for Ofgem by this summer.

It also calls on government to expedite the development of hydrogen transportation & storage business models earlier than the current 2025 timeline; provide the regulator with tools and mandate to enable early investment in critical hydrogen infrastructure; and The Future System Operator to have a strategic planning role when it comes to hydrogen from the first day of implementation.

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