Ineos is testing hydrogen transport through an 18-mile Scottish pipeline

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Ineos has launched a trial to transport hydrogen into the gas network via a disused gas pipeline in Scotland.

The chemical giant has partnered with SGN for the program, which aims to determine how the existing natural gas network can be repurposed for hydrogen.

Funded by Ofgem and gas distribution companies, the trial will use an 18-mile disused pipeline between Ineos Grangemouth and Granton.

The trial is ultimately intended to improve the understanding of existing pipeline networks and their ability to deliver hydrogen as a clean alternative to natural gas to homes and businesses.

It comes as SGN hopes to integrate hydrogen into the gas grid, with proposals put forward for Aberdeen as a test site.

In the UK Energy Security Strategyreleased last month, the UK government said it would make a final investment decision on adding up to 20% hydrogen to the country’s gas network.

SGN Director of Energy Futures, Gus Mcintosh, said: “Our local transmission system is part of the critical national infrastructure that reaches millions of homes and businesses across the UK. So reallocating it to hydrogen could support a hydrogen system transformation that is least costly and least disruptive to customers.

It comes after Ineos announced plans in January to build a low-carbon hydrogen plant in Grangemouth as part of its commitment to reach net zero by 2045.

Andrew Gardner, Chairman of Ineos Grangemouth, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with SGN in a trial which will help determine how the UK’s transmission networks can be repurposed for hydrogen gas.

“We believe Grangemouth is the ideal location in Scotland to create a hub for the production, use and export of hydrogen.”

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