Kent has won design work on a blue hydrogen project at HyNet. This is one of the two clusters picked by the UK government for the fast track.
The service company will optimise the design for the front-end engineering and design (FEED), update cost estimates and advise on planning and consents. It will also provide technical tender documentations for contractors.
Kent will carry out the major contract for Vertex Hydrogen, part of the HyNet plan.
“This contract win is a testament to our strong ongoing relationship with Vertex Hydrogen, and it cements our position as a leading engineering company in the energy transition sector across the world,” said Matt Wills, market director, low carbon and onshore projects at Kent.
Vertex is overseeing the design, development and construction of the UK’s first large-scale, low-carbon hydrogen plant.
Vertex is a joint venture of Essar Energy and Progressive Energy. The venture has said the hydrogen plan represents a £1 billion investment.
Kent participated in the pre-FEED and FEED phases of the project for Vertex.
“We are excited to be a part of this transition and believe we have the technical and engineering skills to help deliver the project,” Wills continued. “Our ambition is to build long-term relationships with businesses that share our values and vision and together help make a difference.”
Vertex director John Egan welcomed the contract. “Vertex Hydrogen and Kent share the same commitment to playing an active role in the energy transition and service excellence, helping our clients meet their net-zero targets.
“So, we are actively looking for partnerships such as these that facilitate information sharing and a faster transition to net-zero.”
The hydrogen plant should begin producing in 2026. It will produce more than 1 GW of hydrogen. It involves capturing waste gases from the Stanlow refinery and natural gas. The plant will involve carbon capture and storage (CCS) by Eni, in the Liverpool Bay.
Initially, Essar will use the hydrogen at its Stanlow facility. Other opportunities include supplying Tata Chemicals Europe and other industries in the region. Cadent Gas has raised the prospect of a hydrogen network within HyNet.