Wales & West Utilities is studying connecting to the HyNet network and feasibility of hydrogen roll-out to industrial customers before 2030 amid warnings that the UK needs to accelerate hydrogen adoption.
The feasibility study – delivered in partnership with Apollo Engineering – will provide a detailed assessment of the infrastructure needed to advance opportunities for hydrogen in Wrexham and Deeside, which will include connecting to HyNet – the project developing core hydrogen and carbon dioxide pipeline infrastructure for the North West industrial cluster, with links into north Wales.
Matt Hindle, Head of Net Zero and Sustainability said: “The 2020s must be a decade of delivery. Hydrogen will be vital to decarbonise industry, retaining jobs and developing new low carbon opportunities. Our hydrogen plans will build on Wales’s industrial heritage and kick-start the Green Industrial Revolution within the North East Wales cluster, to create a trusted, sustainable, prosperous and resilient industry that the citizens of Wales can continue to be proud of.”
The project will explore supply and demand scenarios, with the aim of understanding how much of the existing hydrogen rollout to industrial customers before 2030 and domestic customers after 2030. It will also develop options for changes to the current method for implementing industrial cost-sharing ‘infill’ schemes, which allows customers to share the cost of adopting a hydrogen network, and could reduce the cost of rolling out hydrogen for industry.
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