Ellesmere Port: hydrogen project moves 100 steps closer

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A project to create the UK’s first carbon-reducing ‘hydrogen village’ in Ellesmere Port has reached a major milestone.

Cadent and British Gas are proposing to convert around 2,000 homes in the Whitby area of the town from using natural gas (methane) to hydrogen.
This would be a UK first – a village-size population receiving hydrogen through the existing underground gas distribution network.

Details were first announced in May.

Unlike natural gas, hydrogen produces no carbon emissions when burned in a boiler to heat properties and provide hot water.
As part of the project, qualified engineers need to visit every property to carry out an assessment.

The team has just completed its 100th assessment. This was at the home of Robin Thornhill.
Mr Thornhill said: “From what we’ve heard about this so far, this is a really exciting project to be part of. We’re looking forward to helping make it happen.”
Marc Clarke, Head of Hydrogen Consumer, Cadent, said: “We’ve had a massive amount of interest from the local community since we announced our plan only a few months ago and that’s really encouraging for everyone involved.
“As we build the case for Whitby to be the UK first, we need to visit every property to get a clear picture of what the existing gas infrastructure looks like. We’ve just finished our 100th assessment, just a matter of weeks after starting.
“If you live in the Whitby area and haven’t yet booked your assessment, please either call us on 0800 035 3371 or email hydrogenvillage@britishgas.co.uk and we will make the arrangements to send our engineers out to you.
“This is free – and, while they are there, they will also carry out a thorough safety check of all your gas appliances, your boiler and other equipment.”
This area of Whitby is one of two locations hoping to be the UK-first. The other is in North East England. A decision will be made next year, with the chosen location starting to receive a hydrogen supply in 2025.
Hydrogen will be supplied through the existing network of gas pipes. If this area of Whitby in Ellesmere Port is chosen, every property in the selected area will get free boiler upgrades to new hydrogen-ready versions. This means residents would continue using boilers and appliances they are familiar with today.
For more information on this project, visit hydrogenvillage.com


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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