Aberdeen Vision

How the Aberdeen region could lead the UK in the conversion to large scale clean hydrogen. 

Aberdeen Vision aims to demonstrate the commercial viability of injecting 2% hydrogen into the National Transmissions System (NTS). While the project begins at St Fergus Gas Terminal and will completely encompass Aberdeenshire, it will also influence locations beyond Scotland via the national network systems.

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A graphic showing how we plan to inject 2% hydrogen into the network,

The project also aims to provide a case for constructing a new 100% hydrogen pipeline between St Fergus and Aberdeen that would initially supply the network with a hydrogen blend of up to 20%, increasing to 100% following a complete network conversion to hydrogen.


The new pipeline will support the distribution of hydrogen to Aberdeen, where the use of hydrogen transport is the most advanced and widespread in the UK.

Features

This project aims to address long term issues of reduce carbon emissions and assist the UK in meeting the UK 2015 CO2 reduction target. 
 
It will build upon existing knowledge of H2 generation, CO2 capture and storage, H2 usage in the networks and build knowledge and understanding in the following areas; 

  • Analysis of hydrogen production at St Fergus using SMR  
  • Injection of 2% Hydrogen into the NTS 
  • Identification of technical issues associated with all materials 
  • Investigate the ACORN Carbon Capture and Storage proposal and its overall viability  
  • Constructing a H2 pipeline from St Fergus to Aberdeen and commercially viable hydrogen network & transport hub at Aberdeen 
  • Impact on end-users in terms of perception and cost 

Potential benefits

The findings from this project will provide beneficial information to many other ongoing hydrogen projects such as H21, H100 and Hynet, as well as providing a greater understanding of the impact of introducing hydrogen blends into the NTS and gas distribution networks. 

The city of Aberdeen will reduce its greenhouse emissions, supporting the UK Government’s target to reach “net zero” carbon emissions by 2050 (2045 in Scotland)

Progress report

Progress report as of May 2019 is available on the ENA Smarter Networks portal.

Collaboration

SGN in collaboration with National Grid.

Project partners:  

  • Pale Blue Dot Energy  
  • ERM 
  • DNVGL