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Consultation launched on ‘transformative’ Humber low carbon pipelines project

Plans for a low carbon network of pipelines across the Humber region are unveiled as part of a major consultation process. 

The Humber Low Carbon Pipelines project, which is being brought forward by National Grid Ventures, will connect to major emitters in order to help them accelerate their decarbonisation, protect existing jobs and create new jobs in low carbon technologies. 

The project will involve two new regional pipelines to transport low carbon hydrogen and carbon dioxide captured through the carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS) process to a landfall point on the Holderness coast before continuing offshore. It will connect major emitters including Drax, Keadby, British Steel, Killingholme and Saltend near Hull. The proposed plans for the network form part of the Zero Carbon Humber partnership. 

By drawing on its existing expertise and infrastructure, the Humber can become the base for the UK’s first net zero carbon industrial cluster, helping to create a cleaner environment for future generations whilst delivering thousands of jobs and export opportunities for businesses across the Yorkshire and Humber region. 

The Government has set ambitious climate and energy targets for the UK, including reaching net zero by 2050. As the UK’s largest industrial cluster, the Humber can play a critical role in helping the UK achieve these targets and attract investment in the region. 

Andy Benjamin, Director of CCUS at National Grid Ventures said: 

“The Humber has a long heritage in industry and power generation, providing the critical infrastructure that enables them to decarbonise helps retain key jobs on our collective pathway to decarbonisation. By working with partners from across the region, we are bringing forward transformative plans to help unlock the Humber’s low carbon future. 

With the launch of this first phase of consultation, we will be speaking to communities along the potential route to understand their views which will help to shape how we take the project forward.” 

The consultation seeks feedback on the potential routes of the pipelines and invites anyone to give their view on the project and the proposed route corridors. 

For more information on the project and to take part in the consultation, please visit: www.nationalgrid.com/humberpipelines. The consultation runs from the 20th of September until 22nd of October 2021. Further consultations are also scheduled to take place next year.

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