A pioneering hydrogen energy project is to take place in the South Bank area of Middlesbrough. Planning Permission has been given to use an area of disused land located between Ann Street and Harcourt Road to test standard gas network procedures using hydrogen as part of the H21 project.
The site was chosen because around 70 homes were demolished on the land around a decade ago, but the services are still intact including gas pipes, which are disconnected from the rest of the network.
Neil Travers, who is managing this H21 project for Northern Gas Networks said: “At the site in the South Bank we will be carrying out all our usual day to day gas network operations using hydrogen. The work, which has been developed with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), has already been subject to extensive research, but it’s important that that it is repeated on an existing gas network to verify our results.”
Three months of site preparations will start shortly before demonstrations commence from late summer for six months.