Establishing at least one low-carbon cluster by 2030, and the world’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster by 2040 is a key mission in the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy. HyNet North West is ready to meet these goals and create a low-carbon exemplar cluster which can act as a UK model for clean growth. Find out more about the Industrial Clusters Mission here.

HyNet North West at a glance

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Summary

HyNet North West is a significant clean growth opportunity for the UK. It is a low cost, deliverable project which meets the major challenges of reducing carbon emissions from industry, domestic heat and transport.

HyNet North West is based on the production of hydrogen from natural gas. It includes the development of a new hydrogen pipeline; and the creation of the UK’s first carbon capture, and storage (CCS) infrastructure. CCS is a vital technology to achieve the widespread emissions savings needed to meet the 2050 carbon reduction targets.

Accelerating the development and deployment of hydrogen technologies and CCS through HyNet North West positions the UK strongly for skills export in a global low carbon economy.

The North West is ideally placed to lead HyNet. The region has a history of bold innovation, and today, clean energy initiatives are thriving. On a practical level, the concentration of industry, existing technical skill base and unique geology means the region offers an unparalleled opportunity for a project of this kind.

The new infrastructure built by HyNet is readily extendable beyond the initial project, and provides a replicable model for similar programmes across the UK.

Watch our video below to understand how HyNet North West will help deliver clean growth.

Key fact

HyNet saves over one million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year. The equivalent of taking more than 600,000 cars off the road.

Delivering Clean Growth

Key fact

HyNet aims to be the UK’s first net-zero carbon industrial cluster.

Launch of new vision for HyNet

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Launch of Planning Process

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Timeline

2018-23

2018-23

Building the evidence

  • Technical, cost and practical evidence to inform government heat and carbon capture policy.
  • CCS infrastructure created for industrial CO2.
  • Customer experience of blended hydrogen through related HyDeploy project.
2023-26

2023-26

Project delivery

  • Hydrogen infrastructure in place.
  • Supply high hydrogen to industry.
  • Supply blended hydrogen and natural gas to homes.
  • CCS infrastructure operational.
  • Over 1 million tonnes COsavings every year.
2027-2035

2027-2035

Extension

  • Hydrogen supply extended to wider geography and for flexible power and transport.
  • Realise opportunities for lower cost Hand ‘negative emissions’ via bio-energy with CCS.
  • Hydrogen transport fuelling network in place.
  • Potential for over 25 million tonnes per annum CO2 savings.
2035-2050

2035-2050

2050 Vision

  • Other UK areas operating on HyNet model alongside multiple decarbonisation solutions.
  • 100m tonnes per annum CO2 savings.

Supporting Companies

Supporting organisations include global companies and brands across many sectors; from chemicals, glass and oil refining to food, paper and automotive. These organisations are supportive of the development of a low carbon hydrogen production and distribution network in the North West and are currently engaging with Progressive and Cadent to explore the use of hydrogen. HyNet North West is being developed in association with the following organisations.

Cadent
Cargill
Cereal Partners Worldwide Nestlé and General Mills
CF Fertilisers
Encirc
ENI
Essar Oil
Ibstock Brick
INOVYN
InterGen
Jaguar Land Rover
JM John Matthey
Novelis
Peel
Pilkington
Prinovis
Progressive Energy
SNC Lavalin
Solvay
Unilever
Uniper
University of Chester



	

HyNet North West Project Partners

HyNet North West is being delivered by a consortium of partners, each of which will lead a different part of the project.
Progressive Energy is leading the development of the low carbon hydrogen production plant and the CO2 pipeline and Cadent is leading development of the hydrogen pipeline.