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Essential upgrade to gas distribution network on Spofforth Hill, Wetherby

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), will be investing £55,000 to upgrade the gas distribution network at Spofforth Hill, Wetherby.

The project is part of NGN’s ongoing investment in the gas infrastructure in the area to ensure the continued, safe and reliable supply of gas to customers in the area for years to come.

The project has been carefully planned in conjunction with Leeds City Council to minimise any disruption caused.

Work will begin on Monday 7 January 2019 and is scheduled to last for approximately 4 weeks.  In order for works to be carried out safely and efficiently, it will be necessary to install temporary two-way rolling traffic signals on Harrogate Road, A661 at the junction of Wentworth Gate for the full duration of the scheme.

It’s expected these works will extend journey times, so motorists are advised to leave extra time for travel whilst the temporary traffic signals are in place.

Our team of highly skilled engineers will be working 7 days a week in order to complete works as quickly as possible.

NGN’s Customer Care Officers have been door-knocking local residents and businesses to make customers aware of the work, while on-site signage will advise motorists of the work taking place. Regular updates will also be available on NGN’s website northerngasnetworks.co.uk, Twitter @NGNgas and Facebook @northerngasnetworks.

Shops and businesses in the area will remain open as usual throughout the project.

Chris Cunniff, Site Manager for Northern Gas Networks said: “We have been working closely with Leeds City Council to carefully plan these works and will be doing all we can to minimise disruption to customers.

“We’d like to apologise for any inconvenience customers may encounter and thank everyone for their support as we work to complete this project as safely and quickly as possible.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Essential gas mains repair work Junction Street, Leeds  

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Motorists using Junction Street in Leeds from Monday 10 December are being advised to leave themselves extra journey time, due to essential gas mains repair work.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN),  the North of England’s gas distributor, is carrying out repairs  to medium pressure gas main on Junction Street, near to the Crown Point Shopping Centre.

The work requires a left hand lane closure on Junction Street with a signed diversion in place through the adjacent car park. Traffic will still be able to access Kidacre Street from Junction Street.

Motorists are advised to leave additional time for travel while the work is underway. Parking facilities in the area will be unaffected.

The lane closure will be in place from Monday 10 December and is likely to remain in place for the next seven days while repairs are carried out.

Josh Baines, Customer Care Officer at Northern Gas Networks, said:

“Our apologies to motorists for any delays to their journeys while we carry out this essential repair work.

“We’re working closely with Leeds City Council to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses, and will return things to normal as quickly as we can.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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Essential gas mains repair work Junction Street, Leeds  

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Motorists using Junction Street in Leeds from tomorrow (Tuesday 4 December) are being advised to leave themselves extra journey time, due to essential gas mains repair work.

Northern Gas Networks (NGN),  the North of England’s gas distributor, is carrying out repairs  to medium pressure gas main on Junction Street, near to the Crown Point Shopping Centre.

The work requires a left hand lane closure on Junction Street with a signed diversion in place through the adjacent car park. Traffic will still be able to access Kidacre Street from Junction Street.

Motorists are advised to leave additional time for travel while the work is underway. Parking facilities in the area will be unaffected.

The lane closure will be in place from Tuesday 4 December and is likely to remain in place for the next seven days while repairs are carried out.

Josh Baines, Customer Care Officer at Northern Gas Networks, said:

“Our apologies to motorists for any delays to their journeys while we carry out this essential repair work.

“We’re working closely with Leeds City Council to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses, and will return things to normal as quickly as we can.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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Hydrogen to heat homes: £14.9m for UK’s first trials on public gas network

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Plans to use hydrogen to help heat UK homes – and massively cut the country’s carbon emissions – took a big step forward today with a £14.9 million funding boost.

The money will fund two field trials on public gas networks, blending hydrogen with natural gas to heat around 750 homes in each of the year-long trials.

Over the course of the four-year programme, starting in 2019, the team behind ‘HyDeploy2’ will monitor the performance and safety of using hydrogen in this way.

The aim is to build support for a much wider roll-out. If adopted across the UK, using hydrogen like this could save the same amount of carbon as taking 2.5 million cars off the road. A major benefit of this blending approach is that it comes with no disruption to customers – they do not need to change their gas appliances or the pipes to their homes.

Backed by the north of England’s two gas distribution networks – Cadent and Northern Gas Networks – there will be one trial in each company’s geographic footprint. This means one in the North West England and one in the North East / Yorkshire. Identifying suitable locations, and consulting customers and authorities in those areas, will be the next steps.

The tests will take place following the completion of the first UK trial on a closed gas network. Earlier this month, after extensive scientific analysis and safety checks, the Health and Safety Executive gave the HyDeploy team permission to do just that, at the Keele University campus. Hydrogen will be blended with natural gas at volumes up to 20 per cent.

HyDeploy2 is the natural next step – demonstrating use of blended gas in a controlled and carefully monitored way, at similar hydrogen volume, on the public gas networks.

Industry regulator Ofgem today announced it was approving £14.9 million in funding for HyDeploy2 as part of its Network Innovation Competition (NIC) allocations. By funding level, this is this is the largest gas NIC project ever.

HyDeploy is led by gas distribution network Cadent. Cadent is working in partnership with Northern Gas Networks, clean energy project management specialists Progressive Energy and scientific consultants at the Health and Safety Laboratory, along with other members of the same consortium who are behind the initial UK trial project at Keele.

The hydrogen for these trials will be produced by an ITM Power electrolyser. This technology uses an electrical current to split water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. When burned at end use, for example in a home central system, this hydrogen will produce only heat and water – in stark contrast to natural gas, which releases carbon into the atmosphere.

“This funding is fantastic news,” said Simon Fairman, Director of Safety and Network Strategy, Cadent. “It means we can press on with a game-changing vision: to prove hydrogen can safely keep us warm, as well as significantly reduce our carbon footprint.

“We know our existing gas networks are in good shape to help the UK meet its climate change targets. Blended hydrogen in this way means customers will use gas tomorrow as they do today, without any disruption or need to change their pipes or appliances.”

Mark Horsley, Chief Executive, Northern Gas Networks, said: “Through the Network Innovation Competition funding mechanism, gas industry projects like HyDeploy2 are unlocking the potential for green energy sources to make a real difference to customers and to the planet, at the lowest possible cost.

“HyDeploy2 represents a huge step forward for wider deployment of hydrogen as a clean energy source, as the UK looks towards achieving its vision of a low carbon energy future.”

Fast facts

 

  • Heating homes and industry accounts for nearly half of all energy use in the UK and one third of the country’s carbon emissions. More than 80 per cent of homes in the UK are heated by gas.
  • If hydrogen were blended with natural gas across the UK at a similar level to HyDeploy, it could save around six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year, the equivalent of taking 2.5 million cars off the road.
  • Hydrogen was a major component in ‘town gas’, gas created from coal and used widely throughout Britain before the discovery of North Sea gas in the 1960s. Up to 60% of the gas (by volume) being used by consumers was hydrogen.
  • Cadent is involved in a wider portfolio of projects – such as HyNet, to use hydrogen to power industry and blended hydrogen to heat 2 million homes in North West England – which first depend on the success of the HyDeploy trials, in proving the concept.
  • Building on the HyDeploy principles towards wider deployment of hydrogen, Northern Gas Networks is delivering a suite of hydrogen projects called H21, focused on converting the gas network to 100 per cent hydrogen.

More information about HyDeploy is at www.hydeploy.co.uk

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Northern Gas Networks shows support for Washington charities

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The North of England’s gas distributor, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is working in partnership with housing provider Gentoo Group, to connect around 1000 owner occupier and tenants in the Albany, Oxclose and Fatfield areas of Washington to the gas network free of charge, and upgrade their heating systems.

To further support the local community whilst carrying out the network extension scheme, NGN has teamed up with two local charities; Washington Community Food Project and Washington Mind.

NGN is making a fortnightly food donation to the volunteer-run Washington Community Food Project, to help ensure much needed supplies are available for members of the local community that rely on them.

Nicola Briggs from Washington Community Food Project said, “We rely on backing from the local community to be able to provide emergency food to those in need.

“It makes a big difference to have local businesses on board, so we really appreciate NGN’s ongoing support.”

NGN is also working closely with local mental health charity, Washington Mind, to donate raffle prizes, time and materials towards the renovation of their ‘Life House’ – a safe and welcoming space widely used by members of the local community.

Jemma Hutchinson from Washington Mind said, “I would like to say a massive thank you to the staff at Northern Gas Networks for the donation of raffle prizes.

“The prizes will enable us to raise vital funds for our service.”

Jade Dunn, Customer Care Officer for Northern Gas Networks said “We’re always looking for opportunities to give something back to the communities we’re working in, and it’s great that we’ve been able to support two very worthwhile local charities.

“We’ve had some really positive feedback from our customers and stakeholders in the area since the scheme started in October.”

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Hydrogen blueprint unveiled to make over 3.7 million homes near emission-free by 2034

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  • World’s largest project to reduce carbon emissions
  • UK-wide rollout to achieve 80% of remaining 2050 emissions reduction targets
  • Potential for thousands of high-quality jobs and ability for UK to become global leader in hydrogen skills and technology

The UK is ready to lead the way in reducing CO2 emissions with the world’s largest clean energy project.

Published today (Friday 23 November), the H21 North of England report sets out detailed plans on how hydrogen could be used as a way to deliver clean energy to millions of homes across the North of England.

It outlines how over 3.7 million homes and 40,000 businesses and industries in the north of England that are heated by natural gas could be converted to hydrogen by 2034. The project also proposes a six-phase UK rollout which could see a further 12 million homes across the rest of the country converted to hydrogen by 2050.

The UK has committed to reducing its carbon emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050. Currently, over 30% of emissions come from domestic heating and cooking.

The H21 North of England report finds that converting the UK gas grid to hydrogen has the ability to provide “deep decarbonisation” of heat, as well as transport and power generation, with minimal disruption to customers. This has the combined potential to reduce carbon emissions by over 258 million tonnes a year by 2050, equating to over 80% of the UK’s remaining reduction target.

The report has been led by Northern Gas Networks in partnership with Cadent and Norwegian energy company Equinor, who all expect hydrogen to play a major role in meeting carbon reduction targets in the UK and across the world.

The proposals will see homes across the north of England begin to be converted in 2028, with expansion across 3.7 million properties in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield, Hull, Liverpool, Manchester, Teesside and Newcastle over the following seven years. The cost of the project is estimated to be £22.7bn.

The report claims this would be “the world’s largest CO2 emission reduction project, preventing 12.5 million tonnes of CO2 being emitted into the atmosphere each year”.

The hydrogen will be produced from natural gas at a self-powered 12.15 gigawatt production facility with carbon capture technology, generating enough hydrogen to fuel homes and industries in the north of England. The production facility would see salt caverns used to safely store hydrogen until required, ensuring there is more than enough to meet demand during the coldest times of year. This same process is already used for storing natural gas. The by-product of the process, carbon dioxide, would be stored safely in saline aquifers such as those in the Southern North Sea off the north east coast of England. The hydrogen produced will be transported to the local city grids in a new high pressure transmission system designed with extra capacity to enable future supply for industry, power and transport.

If expanded to the rest of the UK, the project would see a total 15.7 million homes converted to hydrogen by 2050, creating over a hundred thousand jobs and covering 70% of all domestic, industrial and commercial heat across the UK.

The report states that this “deep decarbonisation” of heat would stimulate the rollout of other hydrogen technology, such as hydrogen appliances, fuel cells, production technologies, cars, buses, trains and even planes which are all already being developed in the UK.

The Government has expressed enthusiasm for the potential of hydrogen and has recently invested over £60m for research into conversion technology as part of its modern industrial strategy. It is hoped the UK will become the global leader in hydrogen conversion, creating thousands of new well-paid domestic jobs along with a lucrative export market available to sell skills and technology across the world.

Local authorities across the north, including the Mayors of Tees Valley, Liverpool and Manchester and the Leader of Leeds City Council, as well as cross-party group of MPs, have spoken out in favour of hydrogen innovation to meet climate change targets and support clean air programmes. Unions such as UNISON and GMB are also calling for investment in hydrogen conversion technology, believing it will create and sustain thousands of good jobs.

The H21 North of England report says the next step is to progress into the Front End Engineering and Design (FEED) phase. The FEED phase would be a 3-4 year programme starting in 2019 to detail the technical solution towards a final investment decision by 2023. The report calls on the Government and industry to share the cost of this study, as a sign of future commitment on both sides.

Dan Sadler, H21 Programme Director, Northern Gas Networks said:

“If rolled out UK-wide, this detailed engineering solution has the potential to decarbonise 70% of domestic heat by 2050, and represents a huge leap towards our country meeting the Climate Change challenge.

“If the Government is to meet its legally-binding carbon reduction targets, it cannot afford to miss out on the opportunities presented by decarbonising the UK gas network and its associated impact on other industries.

“Northern Gas Networks looks forward to taking the H21 North of England proposals forward with the Government as part of the Clean Growth Grand Challenge”.

Henrik Solgaard Andersen, H21 Programme Director, Equinor said:

“Across the world, industry and Governments are becoming ever more interested in hydrogen’s potential to play a lead role in reducing carbon emissions across whole economies. This report will be of interest to many countries, but the UK has the ideal mix of geography, skilled workforce and existing technology to begin deep decarbonisation of heat today.

“H21 North of England is an excellent example of the dynamic UK-Norway energy partnership focused around the North Sea. And Equinor looks forward to working with our partners and the UK Government to make the H21 North of England project a world-leading example of decarbonisation and seize the opportunities it offers”.

Simon Fairman, Director Network Strategy and Safety, Cadent said:

“Cadent is pleased to be a partner on this report as part of our collaborative work with other gas networks to explore all possible future options to lower carbon emissions from gas use in the UK. Working together on long-term programmes will help to find the best solutions for UK customers. We believe the North of England is very well placed to pioneer hydrogen delivery, and that it can bring significant economic and environmental benefits”.

Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change said:

 The CCC welcome this report and recognises the potential H21 has to make a large impact in UK and global climate change obligations.  We have advised UK Government that a credible, deliverable policy decision to provide deep decarbonisation of heat across the UK needs to be taken within the next parliament.  The H21 NoE project has the potential to significantly help and inform and subsequently deliver on such a decision.”

Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse, said:

“This idea has come out of the North, we’re proud of it here in the North and as the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, we see the support from our business community for this genuinely radical and innovative solution to dealing with a huge global problem.”

 

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Reports of Smell of Gas – Hull HU5 Postcode Area

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Robert Hope, Operations Manager at Northern Gas Networks (NGN), said: “Emergency engineers from Northern Gas Networks (NGN) have responded to reports of a smell of gas in the HU5 area of Hull and are currently carrying out investigations. Anyone that smells gas should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999.”

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Essential repair work A177, Durham – road reopened

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We are working hard to complete essential repair work on a medium pressure gas main on the A177, Thinford Road, Durham.

In order for the work to be carried out safely and efficiently, it was necessary to temporarily close a small section of the A177 near Coxhoe, for a short period yesterday.

The road was reopened at 10.30pm last night and temporary two way traffic signals are now in place.The lights are likely to remain in place for the remainder of this week.

Andy Coates, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks, said: “We’re working closely with Durham County Council to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses whilst this essential repair work takes place. We would advise motorists to leave additional time for travel while the work is underway.

“Our engineers will work extended hours throughout the week to complete this work as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone for their patience at this time and apologise for any inconvenience experienced.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Essential gas mains repair work on the A177 Thinford Road, Durham, DH6 4ES

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Northern Gas Networks (NGN) the North of England’s gas distributor, is carrying out essential repair work on a medium pressure gas main on the A177, Thinford Road, Durham.

In order for this work to be carried out safely and efficiently, it has been necessary to implement a road closure on the A177, Thinford Road.

The road closure will be in place from 11:00am today (Tuesday 20 November) and is likely to remain in place for the remainder of this week.

A signed diversion route will remain in place for motorists until the road is reopened. Motorists are advised to leave additional time for travel while the work is underway.

Andy Coates, Site Manager at Northern Gas Networks, said: “We’re working closely with Durham County Council to minimise disruption to road users, residents and businesses whilst this essential repair work takes place.

“Our engineers will work extended hours throughout the week and over the weekend to complete this work as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, we would like to thank everyone for their patience at this time and apologise for any inconvenience experienced.”

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

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Upgrade to gas distribution network at Bankfoot, Bradford

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The north of England’s gas distributer, Northern Gas Networks (NGN), is investing £25,000 to upgrade the ageing gas distribution network in and around the Bankfoot area of Bradford.

The major project is part of NGN’s ongoing development of infrastructure in Bradford and is due to start on 29th of November with an estimated duration of two weeks. The scheme will see 157 metres of old metallic main replaced with durable plastic material, to ensure the continued and safe supply of gas for the future.

To complete the works safely and efficiently we will have the following traffic management in place:

There will be a road closure in place at the junction of Rooley Lane and Mayo avenue.  A full signed diversion will be in place for road users.

Our dedicated customer care officers have been out to visit local businesses and residents, and will continue to support the community throughout the works.
Anna Mycoe, Business Operations Lead for Northern Gas Networks, said: “We would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused during these works, and thank our customers for their patience and support in getting them completed as quickly as possible”.

For further information about the project please contact NGN’s Customer Care Team on 0800 040 7766 or email: customercare@northerngas.co.uk.

Anyone that smells gas or suspects carbon monoxide should call the National Gas Emergency Service immediately on 0800 111 999. This line is in operation 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

 

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