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Natural Gas: Scotland

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 31st October 2019.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what her Department’s policy is on delivering investment in gas distribution network innovation in relation to heat and transportation decarbonisation in Scotland.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Gas distribution network Innovation is delivered through the RIIIO price control. The energy regulator, Ofgem, provides essential backing to innovative projects which aim to help make the energy networks smarter, accelerate the development of a low carbon energy sector as well as deliver financial benefits to consumers. This is the case for all home nations within GB. Below are some examples of gas distribution network innovation:

Hydrogen 100 Project[1]

The H100 project, led by SGN is a £2.8 million Ofgem funded project to design the world’s first 100% hydrogen gas distribution network, demonstrating the safe, secure and reliable distribution of hydrogen. The project is assessing the suitability of three sites in Scotland, in Aberdeen, Levenmouth and Machrihanish with one to be selected as the most suitable location for the construction of the demonstration network.

Hydrogen fuelled buses1

Scotland are also supporting ways to meet low carbon transport using the gas network. Hydrogen could potentially power many of our larger vehicles – buses, lorries and ferries. The extensive trialling of hydrogen powered buses in Aberdeen shows the potential benefits of low carbon and reduced air pollution from public transport.

[1] A vision for Scotland’s electricity and gas networks 2019-2030 report

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