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Altrad Babcock to build world’s first green hydrogen gas network

by Sion Geschwindt
Gas distribution company SGN has appointed Altrad Babcock as main contractor for its green hydrogen project in Fife, Scotland.

Gas distribution company SGN has appointed Altrad Babcock as main contractor for its green hydrogen project in Fife, Scotland

Altrad Babcock will build the hydrogen production and storage site for the project, supplying green hydrogen to homes in Levenmouth, Fife.

The project which will demonstrate how hydrogen can be used for domestic heating and cooking.

Up to 300 homes will be able to opt in to the H100 Fife project to be supplied with hydrogen through a new distribution network that is expected to go live in 2024.

According to SGN, it will be the first 100% green hydrogen-to-homes zero carbon network anywhere in the world, demonstrating the potential for hydrogen to be delivered through the UK gas network.

How the H100 project will work

A 7MW wind turbine, owned and operated by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Fife Energy Park since 2016, will supply the renewable electricity for the project’s hydrogen production and storage site.

Altrad Babcock will be responsible for building and integrating key elements of the site, designed by consulting engineer Arup. This includes carrying out civil, buildings and mechanical work as well as the electrical control and instrumentation (EC&I).

SGN chief executive Mark Wild – who was formerly chief executive of Crossrail in London – said that Altrad Babcock “have a wealth of experience in delivering pioneering energy sector projects and will bring considerable knowledge and know-how to H100 Fife”.

He added: “We’re thrilled to have overcome the global commercial and procurement challenges facing many construction projects, and can now get on with building our production and storage site so we can deliver green hydrogen into homes for the first time. Altrad Babcock aims to begin site development in the coming months, having already started work on procurement.”

Image: SGN chief executive Mark Wild (centre) with Altrad Babcock operations VP Andy Colquhoun (left) and Altrad Babcock hydrogen development lead Stephen Cunniffe (right).


Read next: SGN outlines plans for nationwide hydrogen rollout

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