Consultations have begun on the carbon capture and storage infrastructure in the Liverpool Bay area. Households from Flintshire have been receiving letters notifying them about the major scheme called HyNet North West that includes building a 20-mile long pipeline through Deeside.
“We are inviting local communities to give their initial feedback at this early planning stage for the pipeline, and the overall project, from 9 June,” said David Parkin, Director of HyNet North West.
There is a consultation open until the 11th of July and three public webinars on the 19th of June from 2.30 till 3.30pm, 22nd June 6pm – 7pm, and 1st July 10am – 11am.
“By reaching out to and hearing what local people, business and industry have to say about the project, and bringing them along for the journey, we can deliver something that is not only truly innovative but a testament to the communities who will benefit from it for years to come,” said Mr Parkin.
The Carbon Capture And Storage Infrastructure
Phase one of the project includes developing a pipeline that will transport CO2 from North West and North Wales industrial areas through Deeside. It will connect with an existing natural gas pipeline that will be repurposed to carry CO2.
The pipeline will transport emissions from existing industrial premises in the Ince and Stanlow area and a new low-carbon hydrogen production plant at Stanlow. It will run through Cheshire and Flintshire down to the Liverpool Bay where the CO2 will be stored underground in a depleted gas reservoir.
The people responsible for the project have begun requesting landowners where the proposed pipeline will run through, to contact them. The management of HyNet North West claims that any hedges, fences or other ground features on the land around the proposed construction would be replanted or replaced.
The carbon capture and sequestration project is a collaboration of Liverpool Bay CCS Ltd, a subsidiary of Eni UK Ltd and Progressive Energy Limited – a developer of clean energy technology projects with support from UK government institutions.
It includes carbon capture and storage projects with hydrogen production plants that have the potential to cut CO2 emissions of the Liverpool Bay area by 25% in five years. That is the equivalent of taking 4 million cars off the road. The project is expected to create 6,000 permanent jobs in the region, and more during construction.
The HyNet North West carbon capture plant will play its leading part in ensuring organizations in the area reach their decarbonization targets. The consultation with locals and professionals can deliver some potential new developments and ideas for the communities benefiting from the project.