1 March 2021

HyNet North West growing

The HyNet North West consortium, which aims to create the world’s first low carbon industrial cluster, has welcomed a new partner with construction company Hanson joining the proposed carbon capture and storage and hydrogen project.

The Liver building and pier head, Liverpool, UK
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The region HyNet North West covers – which stretches from Flintshire and Wrexham, through Cheshire, Liverpool and Greater Manchester into Lancashire – has the largest concentration of advanced manufacturing and chemical production in the UK, including Hanson’s Padeswood cement works, near Mold, Flintshire.

The project will reduce regional CO2 emissions by up to 10 million tonnes – including 800,000 tonnes from Hanson’s Padeswood plant. HyNet North West is intended to deliver 80% of the UK’s national target of 5GW of hydrogen production, 100%, of the national target for CCS capacity by 2030, and a hydrogen town.

The HyNet North West project also includes production, storage and distribution of low carbon hydrogen, which will help to decarbonise other industries whose CO2 emissions primarily come from fossil fuels. The project, led by Progressive Energy, is being developed by a consortium of regionally located partners including Cadent, CF Fertilisers, Eni UK, Essar, INOVYN and the University of Chester as well as Hanson.