To 2025 - and beyond: our response to UK government announcement on HyNet North West

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UK government announced today (19 October) that HyNet North West has been selected in track 1 of the industrial clusters for decarbonisation – i.e. that it will be the first to happen, from 2025.

Damien Hawke, Head of Future Networks, Cadent, said:
“It’s only three-and-a-half years ago that we first went public with HyNet North West. What’s happened since that launch event in Manchester has been nothing short of amazing.
“We’ve seen the North West embrace the opportunity to be first, coming together to make happen a project that’s going to decarbonise heavy industry. If this enthusiasm and government support holds firm – which it must – the consortium we’re part of can make this happen by 2025, and start making huge carbon savings.”
For more on how we’re changing to ensure we protect our planet, see our future of gas pages.


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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