Kent, a renowned engineering firm specializing in the energy, renewables, and low-carbon sectors, has been appointed as the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) contractor for six electrolytic hydrogen initiatives of Grenian Hydrogen.
Grenian Hydrogen, a joint venture between Progressive Energy, Statkraft, and Foresight, was granted funding by the UK Government’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) under the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund and Hydrogen Business model. This funding supports the further development of six green hydrogen projects within the HyNet cluster located in North-West England and North Wales.
In April 2023, Kent was awarded a single FEED study to encompass all six sites. The goal is to advance these projects to an AACE class 3 estimate, enabling final investment decisions to be made, and facilitating the transition of each project into the execution phase.
PEM electrolysers will be incorporated into all projects, with Kent as the FEED contractor integrating the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) technology design into comprehensive hydrogen production, storage, and delivery facilities.
Matt Wills, Kent Market Director Low Carbon, noted that while the DESNZ funding requirements impose a strict budget and stringent timeline, Kent is poised to meet all project requirements, leveraging its in-house hydrogen technology expertise accumulated over decades. “We are delighted to be working with the Grenian Hydrogen team to develop a standardized design and layout that offers cost savings through replicability for the portfolio of projects. This cluster of projects is a significant leap forward for the future viability of green hydrogen, and we are proud to play our part,” Wills stated.
The projects, which range from 10 MW to 30 MW green hydrogen production for 100% fuel switching or blending, will be co-located at six different sites, including the Protos Energy Park and large manufacturing plants in St Helens, Stretford, Middlewich, and Winnington.
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