East Coast Hydrogen


Hydrogen is essential for the UK to achieve Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions. It was outlined as a breakthrough technology at last month’s COP26 climate summit, and our mission is now to progress from trials and deliver hydrogen at scale for industry, businesses and homes.

That’s why it was so important to launch our East Coast Hydrogen feasibility report earlier this week at the House of Commons, where we were joined by Energy Minister Greg Hands MP and around 100 stakeholders across the supply chain, including producers and end users.
Steve Fraser CEO Cadent, Gregg Hands Energy Minister, Jacob Young MP, Mark Horsley CEO NGN and John Butterworth CEO National Grid Gas.

East Coast Hydrogen is a collaboration between Northern Gas Networks, Cadent and National Grid Gas Transmission, an ambitious but realistic programme which has the potential to connect over 7GW of hydrogen production by 2030. On its own, this would exceed the Government’s 5GW by 2030 target in a single region.

It represents an unmissable opportunity for government and the private sector to work together in delivering on our ambitious decarbonisation targets: over a 15-year timescale, it would see up to 39,000 businesses and over 4 million homes converted to hydrogen.

The programme will benefit from the natural assets of the North of England, including existing and potential hydrogen storage facilities, and build on the hydrogen production in two of the UK’s largest industrial clusters in the North East and North West, in turn ensuring significant private sector investment in the UK’s industrial heartlands.

It will be the first major step in the conversion of our national gas networks to hydrogen and will act as a blueprint for subsequent conversions across the UK. The project will also demonstrate the innovation, engineering capabilities and economic opportunity in the North, and create tens of thousands of highly skilled Green jobs in the future hydrogen economy.

East Coast Hydrogen be an endeavour with historical significance in the way that it could open up new ways of providing heat, power, transport fuel and meeting the needs of industry. We are excited about our role in the net zero future, while still ensuring the continued dependability of natural gas to support Britain through the energy transition.

East Coast Hydrogen Feasibility Report: bit.ly/31fuAyP


Cadent is the UK’s largest gas distribution network with a 200-year legacy.  We are in a unique position to build on strong foundations whilst encouraging the curiosity to think differently and the courage to embrace change.  Day to day we continue to operate, maintain and innovate the UK’s largest gas network, transporting gas safely and protecting people in an emergency.   Our skilled engineers and specialists remain committed to the communities we serve, working day and night to ensure gas reaches 11 million homes from Cumbria to North London and the Welsh Borders to East Anglia, to keep your energy flowing. 

Future of Gas: Here at Cadent we support the Government’s plans to reach Net Zero by 2050. That means we’re backing the introduction of hydrogen as a low carbon alternative to natural gas for the future. We know people love the controllability of gas and, with our network already in place, it makes sense to switch to the lower carbon alternative offered by hydrogen, which we believe can keep homes and businesses warm for generations to come.

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