Cadent has informed the market of its selected approach to delivering its flagship hydrogen pipeline project. The opportunity to provide Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Commissioning (EPCC) services for the first 100% hydrogen pipeline at scale in the UK was released at the end of July 2022 and is the first step in procuring these and other services.

The pipeline will transport hydrogen to North West industrial users, enabling them to reduce their reliance on fossil gas and their carbon emissions. It is anticipated the pipeline will comprise 125km of underground pipeline, including high-pressure steel pipelines and associated lower pressure spurs, together with hydrogen above-ground installations (HAGI’s). Interested parties can find out more about the pipeline project here.

Cadent is looking for a single entity (which may include JVs or consortia) to deliver the full EPCC scope, incorporating engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning of the new pipeline network.

The project will be delivered in a way which incorporates emerging technologies to deliver a ‘network of the future’ and will focus on sustainable delivery through design, delivery, and operation.

The project will include local content, so Cadent is planning supplier events in November and December to link shortlisted EPCC Bidders with local suppliers and small- and medium-sized enterprises, which will be critical in the successful delivery of the project objectives. To allow Cadent to achieve this, the company asks organisations to register on the project website under the ‘Keep Updated’ supplier section.

This exciting opportunity is available online via the Government ‘find a tender’ service. A periodic indicative notice (PIN) is accessible here or can be found at, using the PIN reference: 2022/S 000-020611.

Rob Donovan, Cadent Project Director for HyNet North West Pipeline, said: “We’re interested in hearing from organisations that have the capability to provide these services to deliver this leading the UK’s first at scale hydrogen pipeline in the North West. This is a fantastic opportunity for a forward-thinking organisation to take part in the development of new hydrogen networks to deliver tomorrow’s energy today.”

The pipeline will be part of the HyNet North West low carbon cluster, an innovative low carbon and hydrogen energy project that will unlock a low carbon economy for the North West and North Wales. HyNet will support some of the North West’s biggest businesses and employers by delivering and maintaining thousands of jobs for local people and helping the region lead the way in the UK’s transition to Net Zero Carbon by 2050.

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