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Pipeline to the future

In the UK, 85% of homes use natural gas, a fossil fuel and non-renewable resource, as a main fuel source. So, for the country to achieve its net-zero aims, it is essential to transition to less polluting sources of energy. Redcar Hydrogen Community was one of two projects in the north of England initially selected by UK government to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen for domestic use utilising existing natural gas pipelines. Commissioned by Northern Gas Networks, our engineers used their expertise gained from work on other hydrogen projects as well as oil and gas pipelines to design a new high pressure hydrogen network to supply Redcar. Under the plans, hydrogen would have been stored at high pressure in an underground salt cavern, as well as in above-ground tanks, then decompressed to a suitable pressure for injection into the gas grid. Work on this high-profile project included revisiting existing standards and codes for natural gas networks to ensure safety and continuity of supply.

In the UK, 85% of homes use natural gas, a fossil fuel and non-renewable resource, as a main fuel source. So, for the country to achieve its net-zero aims, it is essential to transition to less polluting sources of energy. Redcar Hydrogen Community was one of two projects in the north of England initially selected by UK government to demonstrate the viability of hydrogen for domestic use utilising existing natural gas pipelines.

Commissioned by Northern Gas Networks, our engineers used their expertise gained from work on other hydrogen projects as well as oil and gas pipelines to design a new high pressure hydrogen network to supply Redcar. Under the plans, hydrogen would have been stored at high pressure in an underground salt cavern, as well as in above-ground tanks, then decompressed to a suitable pressure for injection into the gas grid. Work on this high-profile project included revisiting existing standards and codes for natural gas networks to ensure safety and continuity of supply....

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Project summary

Project

Redcar Hydrogen Community

Client

Northern Gas Networks

Location

Teesside, England

Expertise

Civil, structural, mechanical (pipelines, piping, vessels and rotating equipment), process (dehydration, cooling, filtration, contaminant removal, effluent treatment), geotechnical, control and instrumentation engineering; process safety,

2000

homes and businesses powered by green hydrogen from 2025

110t

hydrogen stored in an underground cavern

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