New underground pipeline could run through Warrington

RESIDENTS are invited to give their opinion on a gas giant’s plans to create a massive new underground hydrogen pipeline through Warrington.

Cadent’s HyNet North West Hydrogen Pipeline will transport hydrogen produced at the Stanlow Refinery in the Port of Ellesmere to industrial users and power generators in the North West, supporting the shift from natural gas to an economy low-carbon in the region.

This project has the potential to prevent the emission of 10 million tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere by 2030.

It will also secure existing high-skilled jobs in the region and create new green jobs for future generations.

Cadent has identified potential routing corridors for the pipeline.

Latchford, Lower Walton and Center Park could become a ‘central hub’ with Penketh, Moore and Daresbury forming part of the ‘northern corridor’.

Meanwhile, the “eastern corridor” would pass through Lymm, High Legh and Whitley.

The pipeline will extend to Northwich, St Helens and Partington.

Residents are now being asked to help Cadent develop the pipeline route and sites for other related infrastructure.

A consultation will run until March 11 and members of the public can find out more or submit their comments at

Rob Donovan, Project Delivery Manager at Cadent for HyNet, said, “We are interested in hearing any information that can help us identify the best route for the pipeline.

“Although the pipeline will be largely underground and will not run under any houses, there will be some above ground facilities. Therefore, we want to understand areas that are important to local people so that we can continue to develop the project, including our future construction plans in the most appropriate way.

“As the region’s gas distribution network, we are committed to supporting a Net Zero Carbon future. This project will help achieve that goal and we are excited to share our early plans with people.”

The pipeline will be part of the HyNet North West Low Carbon Cluster, an innovative low carbon energy and hydrogen project that will unlock a low carbon economy for the North West and North of the Country. Wales.

HyNet will support some of the largest businesses and employers in the North West creating and sustaining thousands of jobs for local people and helping the region pave the way for the UK’s transition to Net Zero Carbon from here 2050.

The Essar Oil Refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port.

The Essar Oil Refinery at Stanlow, Ellesmere Port

Earlier this week, Essar announced the formation of Vertex Hydrogen Limited, a new transformative joint venture with Progressive Energy, to build the UK’s largest hydrogen hub at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex.

Led by Essar as the majority shareholder, Vertex Hydrogen was set up to provide the catalyst for the development of a hydrogen economy in the North West of England and North Wales, as a central element of the HyNet decarbonization cluster.

The UK’s first low-carbon hydrogen facility at Essar Stanlow will be located at the heart of the HyNet low-carbon cluster, to produce a total of 1GW per year of hydrogen, across two units, from of 2026. This is equivalent to the home heating energy used by a large UK urban area, such as Liverpool.

Essar Stanlow’s waste fuel gases and natural gas will be converted by Vertex Hydrogen into hydrogen, with the carbon dioxide captured and safely stored by HyNet partner Eni SpA, underground off Liverpool Bay.

Bonny J. Streater