SGN has secured funding of £29.9m to test the use of high-pressure pipelines for hydrogen transmission and storage as an option for net zero heating.
The funding from the energy regulator Ofgem and gas distribution companies will help determine whether Great Britain’s transmission networks can be repurposed for hydrogen gas.
The project will be based in Grangemouth, Scotland, and delivered in partnership with Global Chemical Company, INEOS, who have extensive manufacturing and infrastructure facilities in the region.
Hydrogen gas behaves slightly differently from natural gas, so it’s important to assess its impact. A decommissioned pipeline in Grangemouth has been selected to test and evidence whether it can adapt to carry pure hydrogen.
Grangemouth is one of Britain’s largest industrial clusters and could be a key location for hydrogen production. The pipeline is statistically representative of the GB LTS, so will provide the blueprint for repurposing all the high-pressure pipelines in Great Britain’s network.
SGN’s project team will research, develop, test and evidence the compatibility with hydrogen of the Grangemouth pipeline in preparation for a first of its kind repurposing trial and demonstration in 2024. Its partner INEOS will supply the hydrogen for the live trial.