Wood has been awarded the consenting and environmental assessment, as well as front-end engineering design (FEED) contracts for Cadent’s HyNet North West, an innovative project that promises to unlock the North West of England and North Wales’ lower carbon economy.

HyNet North West, an industry-leading initiative, has the potential to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by ten million tonnes per year by 2030 — the equivalent of removing four million cars off the road.

From 2025, the project will produce, store, and distribute hydrogen across the North West of England and North Wales, as well as collect and store carbon from industry. It will create new energy infrastructure utilizing cutting-edge technology while simultaneously improving and reusing existing equipment currently used for fossil fuel extraction.

A multidisciplinary Wood team will oversee the design, consenting, and consultation processes for a new 85-kilometer hydrogen pipeline and above-ground installations as part of the scope of work.

Additionally, Wood will provide land rights consultation and engagement services in support of the consent application. The company’s specialized and field-proven H2 modeling technology Virtuoso will be used for system modeling and design.

Josh Carmichael, Vice President of Hydrogen at Wood, said: “We are delighted to be working with Cadent on HyNet North West. Together with our clients, we’re driving hydrogen production and distribution at pace and at an industrial scale as one of the mission-critical pathways to a more sustainable future. Industries and clusters will be key to catalysing the hydrogen industry in the UK, and we are excited to be a part of this leading project.

“This first-of-its-kind project will help meet the challenge of reducing CO₂ emissions from industry, providing fuel for our transport as well as heating for our homes and businesses, and could really put the region at the forefront of the UK’s drive to reaching net-zero by 2050.”

Wood has been supplying hydrogen production units globally for more than 60 years as a leader in hydrogen production technology. With expertise in carbon capture and storage, renewable energy, and distribution pipelines, the company is ideally positioned to support the clean hydrogen energy system’s potential.

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