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The second phase of the HyNet project has now commenced, with Land Information Questionnaires and Environmental Survey Licences now being issued to landowners and occupiers.

Potential route corridors have been identified from Stanlow Refinery to Warrington, Manchester and Northwich as the first steps for 90km of new pipeline supplying Hydrogen from a Production Plant at Stanlow, for use in industry and transport in Cheshire and eventually further afield.

Access for environmental surveys can be expected from early 2022, with Ground Investigations commencing towards the end of the year. The planning application for this phase is expected to be submitted in Spring 2023.

The first phase, carrying CO2 in a pipeline from Stanlow Refinery to Flint and then out into the Liverpool Bay gas fields for underground storage is preparing for the submission of its DCO Planning Application in the New Year, likely to be February/March. The planning process is likely to take 18-24 months, with construction expected to commence from 2025 onwards. As the scheme is still undergoing design changes, particularly in the Mollington area, some landowners may still be receiving licences to expand the survey area.

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