Eni Gets Green Light for HyNet CO2 Pipeline Project

Eni Gets Green Light for HyNet CO2 Pipeline Project - Carbon Herald

Italian energy giant Eni is celebrating the UK government’s approval to build the HyNet North West CO2 pipeline. 

This approval, known as a Development Consent Order (DCO), allows Eni to move forward with constructing, operating, and maintaining the infrastructure for transporting captured carbon dioxide as part of the HyNet carbon capture and storage (CCS) cluster.

This pipeline marks a significant milestone as the first Anglo-Welsh collaboration on a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) to receive a DCO from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ). 

The 18-month approval process comes to a close after Eni submitted the DCO application in October 2022.

With this DCO in hand, the HyNet CCS project inches closer to its execution phase. The Final Investment Decision is anticipated by September 2024.

The HyNet North West CO2 pipeline will be a vital piece of infrastructure for capturing carbon emissions from industrial plants across northwest England and north Wales. 

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The captured CO2 will travel through a network of new and refurbished pipelines for secure and permanent storage in depleted natural gas reservoirs beneath Liverpool Bay, managed by Eni.

Eni’s CEO Claudio Descalzi stated “We see the UK as an attractive destination for Eni’s investments, particularly in the area of decarbonisation. We welcome the UK Government’s ambition to promote and develop the kind of groundbreaking projects we need to address climate change, especially within hard-to-abate sectors.”

“Carbon capture will play a critical role in meeting this challenge by safely eliminating emissions from industries that currently do not have equally efficient and effective solutions. This decision marks a significant step towards establishing a significant new industry for the country and consolidates Eni’s leading position providing a service to decarbonise both its own and third parties’ industrial activities at a competitive cost and with a fast time to market,” Descalzi said.

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