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Pipeline Further Consultation
17 June – 19 July 2022

HyNet is proposing to construct a new pipeline and repurpose an existing natural gas pipeline in North Wales and North West England. The pipeline will allow us to transport captured carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions from local industry, and the new HyNet hydrogen production plant at Stanlow, to be permanently stored in depleted gas reservoirs under Liverpool Bay to support the decarbonisation of the region.

We undertook a statutory consultation on our plans for the pipeline from February to March 2022. As a result of this consultation, we have identified 24 additional, localised changes we need to make to the proposed CO₂ pipeline, from Elton to Ysceifiog.

These changes are being proposed following requests made during our statutory consultation, and for engineering and constructability reasons.

We would like your views on these changes, and on the wider project as we understand how important it is to listen to views from those that live and work near the pipeline, and we are committed to involving the local community and our stakeholders at every stage.

The pipeline is a crucial part of our plans to capture CO₂ emissions from local industry, as it will allow HyNet to:



Improve air quality in North Wales and North West England


Protect and create 1,000s of jobs in the region


Be at the centre of the UK’s growing hydrogen economy


Attract and retain businesses who want to operate in a low carbon way


Place the region at the heart of the UK’s industrial decarbonisation plans to create a cleaner, safer environment for future generations

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Glossary

Above Ground Installation: Equipment relating to the CO₂ Pipeline which is necessary for its operation and/or maintenance and which is located in a secure compound above ground level. The AGIs typically comprise of inspection and venting equipment, and associated infrastructure (including lighting, parking provisions, and Electrical and Instrumentation Kiosks (E&I Kiosks)).

Block Valve Station: An area containing a Block Valve (which is below ground) and Electrical and Instrumentation (E&I) Kiosk (which is above ground) and includes perimeter security fencing. A Block Valve is an underground valve which can isolate a section of pipeline if needed.

Constructability: A process which improves the ease and efficiency of building a new structure, identifies and eliminates obstacles, and reduces the chance of errors, delays, and cost overruns.

Order Limits: The outer limits within which the CO₂ pipeline will be constructed and operated, including the pipeline corridor and any temporary working areas that would be required to install the pipeline, such as access routes and construction compounds.

We are consulting on the following proposed changes to the CO₂ pipeline from Elton in Cheshire, to Ysceifiog in Flintshire:

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1. Ince Above Ground Installation (AGI) moved within same package of land

Location: Elton Lane, Ince, CH2 4LB

Latitude and Longitude: 53.27840350501213, -2.7984337028125483

Why the change is being proposed: Engineering reasons and ongoing consultation with Peel

Description: The position of the Above Ground Installation (AGI) at Ince is to be changed but remains within the same plot of land. The area identified for the Ince AGI to the northeast of Elton and directly south of the Ince Park Biomass Energy Plant, on Elton Lane, is to remain the same. However, the position of the AGI within this plot of land will move and the Order Limits will be reduced to reflect this change.

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2. Relocation of construction compound away from residential properties

Location: A5117/Cryers Lane, Elton, CH2 4LI

Latitude and Longitude: 53.26788615800609, -2.814615094353961

Why the change is being proposed: In response to a request received during the statutory consultation

Description: The construction compound to the south of Elton is being merged with a second construction compound in response to responses received from stakeholders during our consultation. The construction compound to the south of Elton on Cryers Lane is being moved one field to the southwest and merged with a second construction compound to the east. The new construction compound will be further away from the houses at the junction of Cryers Lane and the A5117. It was originally placed directly opposite the houses, but the change should reduce the potential for disturbance from the compound to residents.

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3. Extension of order limits to realign pipeline corridor

Location: Cryers Farm, Cryers Lane, Thornton-le-Moors, CH2 4LH

Latitude and Longitude: 53.2605772242430, -2.828406697736322

Why the change is being proposed: Reduced impact to local ecology

Description: The Order Limits have been extended and modified to improve the constructability of the pipeline following a rerouting exercise, to ensure nearby woodland is avoided. The Order Limits ran parallel to the A5117, and then down, parallel to Thomas Green Lane towards the M56. The first proposal followed field boundaries, producing an irregular shape. The rerouting changed the position of the pipeline, moving it eastwards within Order Limits, reducing the amount of space available for work on the pipeline. The new Order Limits have been moved to the east to reflect the rerouting and allow for more space and flexibility to work.

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4. Extension of order limits to realign pipeline corridor

Location: M53, Wervin, CH2 4HG

Latitude and Longitude: 53.23439560204819, -2.8603400702227932

Why the change is being proposed: Engineering reasons, improved crossing of M53

Description: The Order Limits have been extended to improve the construction of the pipeline crossing over the M53. The pipeline and therefore the Order Limits cross the M53 opposite Wervin, and also cross Wervin Road to the north of Woodside Farm. The Order Limits cross the M53 opposite Wervin before heading northeast towards Picton. The addition to the Order Limits includes access over farmland heading northeast towards Picton Lane and Picton.

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5. Extension of order limits to realign pipeline

Location: Liverpool Road, Backford, CH1 6PF

Latitude and Longitude: 53.233579472237636, -2.9025880807547897

Why the change is being proposed: Engineering reasons due to requirements for utility crossings

Description: The Order Limits have been extended to improve the construction of the pipeline crossing of the A41 utilities by allowing a 90-degree angle. The current Order Limits cross Liverpool Road to the south of the industrial area containing The Five Villages Hall and Davies & Foster. The Order Limits will be expanded to the north to better allow for the construction of the pipeline to existing natural gas pipeline at a 90-degree angle.

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6. Refining order limits and addition of new access from Station Road

Location: Land east of Holly Cottage, Station Road, Backford, CH1 6NT

Latitude and Longitude: 53.23428205558493, -2.9055991594392903

Why the change is being proposed: Response to a request received during the statutory consultation and to improve access

Description: The Order Limits have been changed to reflect a new access route to the pipeline, following comments received during our consultation. The pipeline runs south of Station Road, southwest of Backford. Initially, access to the pipeline development was planned through farmland on a track which runs as a continuation of Demage Lane. Following consultation with landowners this has been relocated and the alternative route runs along an existing track at a 90 degree angle to Station Road, to the west of The Five Villages Hall and Davies & Foster.

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7. Inclusion of Network Rail access track from Station Road

Location: Station House, Station Road, Backford, CH1 6NT

Latitude and Longitude: 53.23209367638012, -2.913181238584888

Why the change is being proposed: Response to a request received during the statutory consultation and to improve access

Description: The Order Limits are being adjusted to include use of an existing Network Rail access track and to remove interaction with farm yard operations, as suggested by respondents within our consultation. The track runs parallel to the railway line, at a 90-degree angle from Station Road, and next to Station House. This was not previously included as access had been planned through farmland further to the west. The alternative Order Limits encompass the National Rail track that runs at a 90-degree angle from Station Road.

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8. Revised access point from public highway

Location: The Briars, Overwood Lane, Mollington, CH1 6JA

Latitude and Longitude: 53.22573484062737, -2.928113263803709

Why the change is being proposed: Response to a request received during the statutory consultation and to improve access

Description: The Order Limits are being amended to reduce the area of land included and support access to the pipeline from the nearest highway and improve the potential impact on Public Rights of Way access during construction works. Access will be gained from Overwood Lane as the closest highway to the works. The original Order Limits followed the field boundaries between Overwood Lane and Parkgate Road, limiting Public Rights of Way. Having considered concerns raised in consultation responses, the Order Limits have been reduced and the impacts on Rights of Way access improved. The Order Limits have been amended slightly to include access from Overwood Lane.

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9. Extension of order limits and additional access

Location: Land at Oak Cottage Lower Aston Hall Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3EY

Latitude and Longitude: 53.19495546915421, -3.0370426313334584

Why the change is being proposed: Improved access

Description: The Order Limits are being amended, particularly regarding access to the Aston Hall Block Valve Station (BVS). The Order Limits are to the south of Aston, running from the unnamed lane running parallel to Moorfield Road, around the properties in this area, up to Aston Hall Lane, and onwards towards Overlea Drive. The new Order Limits include an access road from the south of the existing Order Limits, from Lower Aston Hall Lane that runs northeast to southwest.

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10. Additional access track from Lower Aston Hall

Location: 59 Lower Aston Hall Lane, Hawarden, CH5 3EX

The satellite image has been used to show the access track from Aston Hall Lane that we propose to use. This is not visible on a topographical map.

Latitude and Longitude: 53.195077593045966, -3.036903156399233

Why the change is being proposed: Improved access

Description: The Order Limits are to the south of Aston, running from the unnamed lane running parallel to Moorfield Road, around the properties in this area, up to Aston Hall Lane, and onwards towards Overlea Drive. The original Order Limits had access to Aston Hall Lane up to The Barnyard. The Order Limits now cover the unnamed lane up to Aston Hall Lane.

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11. Extension of order limits to accommodate revised pipeline route

Location: Gentone Village Road, Northop, CH7 6HS

Latitude and Longitude: 53.202749268013, -3.107026206392

Why the change is being proposed: Response to a request received during the statutory consultation, to improve access and rerouting of pipeline to avoid power cables and ancient woodland present in the area.

Description: The Order Limits have been amended to reflect changes to the route of the pipeline and reduce the amount of land which would become unfarmable after the construction of the Northop Hall Block Valve Station (BVS). The Block Valve Station is to the south of the B5125, southeast of Highfield Hall. The original Order Limits placed the BVS in the middle of a field, rendering much of the field unsuitable for farming. The BVS and the associated pipeline have been moved to the north so access can be gained via the B5125, reducing the impact on farming land and moving the Order Limits to run parallel to the B5125. The adapted Order Limits also include an access lane to the BVS opposite Smithy Lane.

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12. Relocation of Flint Above Ground Installation (AGI) to adjacent field

Location: Country Cottage Allt-goch Lane, Northop, CH7 6DL

Latitude and Longitude: 53.227032365397655, -3.1247237018779845

Why the change is being proposed: Response to a request received during the statutory consultation

Description: The Order Limits have been amended to reflect a change in position of the Flint Above Ground Installation (AGI). The pipeline runs parallel to Allt-Goch Lane, with the pipeline and associated AGI to the southeast of the road. The original plan involved access to Llwyn Onn Lane and Llwyn Onn, as well as the length of Allt-Goch Lane. These roads are no longer access roads, apart from small sections of Allt-Goch Lane necessary to access the fields to the southeast where the AGI is situated. The AGI has been moved south to the field opposite Llwyn Onn Lane.

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13. Removal of Coed-y-Cra Block Valve Station (BVS)

Location: Land North of T H Stephenson, Flint, CH6 5RA

Latitude and Longitude: 53.238508750373484, -3.1622364359059154

Why the change is being proposed: After an engineering review, only 3 BVSs were required on the existing line. Coed-y-Cra was removed as it was closest to other BVSs on the route (Flint AGI and Cornist Lane BVS)

Description: The Order Limits necessary for the installation of Coed-y-Cra Block Valve Station (BVS) will be removed, as the BVS will no longer be built. The original Order Limits for the BVS were on farmland to the south of Sylfean Farm, to the east of Flint. The Order Limits included access along farm tracks used to access Sylfean Farm and neighbouring properties, as well as intersecting field boundaries. This area of the Order Limits will no longer be required.

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14. Revision of order limits to avoid overhead power lines and include public highway access at Pentre Halkyn Block Valve Station (BVS)

Location: Land at Glan Llyn Isaf Lixwm Road, Brynford, CH8 8LR

Latitude and Longitude: 53.24948800569043, -3.2393924075946527

Why the change is being proposed: Avoiding overhead powerlines and to improve access

Description: The Order Limits are being adjusted to avoid overhead power cables and to include access to the B5121 to enable the construction of the Pentre Halkyn Block Valve Station (BVS). The BVS sits to the east of the B5121, north of the crossroads with Ffordd Babell and Ffordd Groes, with the pipeline crossing the B5121 at a 90-degree angle. The original Order Limits covered the whole field. The new Order Limits encompass only the area of the field necessary for construction and also include a small access area on the B5121.

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15. Land at Glan Llyn Isaf Lixwm Road, Brynford, CH8 8LR

Location: Land at Glan Llyn Isaf Lixwm Road, Brynford, CH8 8LR

Latitude and Longitude: 53.24948800569043, -3.2393924075946527

Why the change is being proposed: To include additional land for new landscape planting

Description: The Order Limits are being adjusted to include additional planting to shield Pentre Halkyn Block Valve Station (BVS) in the view from existing properties and for the access road. The BVS sits to the east of the B5121, north of the crossroads with Ffordd Babell and Ffordd Groes, with the pipeline crossing the B5121 at a 90-degree angle. The original Order Limits did not run along the B5121 to the north, or along Ffordd Groes. The new Order Limits include an 8 metre planting buffer running north from the BVS along the B5121 and an 8 metre planting buffer and a 3 metre access track along Ffordd Groes.

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16. Revision of order limits to allow public highway access at Babell Block Valve Station (BVS)

Location: Foel Dda Bach Racecourse Lane, Babell, CH8 8PS

The satellite image has been used to show the access track from Racecourse Lane that we propose to use. This is not visible on a topographical map.

Latitude and Longitude: 53.26235332405838, -3.2770645210686733

Why the change is being proposed: To improve access

Description: The Order Limits have been adjusted to reduce the amount of land included and to include a connection to the public highway to facilitate the building of the Babell Block Valve Station (BVS). The BVS sits to the southeast of Racecourse Lane with the pipeline crossing this road just before the BVS. The original proposal included irregular boundaries but these have been straightened, reducing the amount of land within the Order Limits. The new Order Limits include access to a small section of Racecourse Lane for works access and an area of public highway where some traffic management is required to manage the safety of the site.

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17. Extension of order limits to accommodate new field and improve Church Lane passing

Location: Land South of Holly House Old Aston Hill, Ewloe, CH5 3AH

Latitude and Longitude: 53.19569802195197, -3.044353011946411

Why the change is being proposed: To improve access and pipeline rerouting of the pipeline

Description: The Order Limits are being expanded to accommodate a new field and improve the Church Lane crossing in response to the work we have carried out to refine the pipeline route. The Order Limits cross the A494 south of Old Aston Hill and Mountfield Road, following the line of Mountfield Road to the southeast. The original proposal required limited access across the A494 and in the fields to the southwest of Mountfield Road. The new Order Limits require additional land to the northwest of the A494, as well as other small parcels of additional land to allow for the construction of the pipeline. The rerouting means that extra land is needed to the south of Old Aston Hill, to the northwest of the A494, to accommodate the new pipeline route.

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18. Extension of order limits to accommodate pipeline rerouting

Location: Lea Farm Station Road, Mollington, CH1 6NT

Latitude and Longitude: 53.23012955220991, -2.914367487039782

Why the change is being proposed: Minor pipeline rerouting to improve constructability

Description: The Order Limits are being expanded to accommodate a rerouting of the pipeline. The pipeline and its Order Limits run southeast to the north of Mollington, crossing Grove Road, before heading northeast to the south of Station Road. The Order Limits have been expanded to include more farmland on Station Road and Grove Lane.

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19. Inclusion of land at Wood Farm to include a construction compound and access from public highway

Location: Uned 6 Deeside Lane, Sealand, CH5 2LQ

Latitude and Longitude: 53.201315376828, -2.9673466669229067

Why the change is being proposed: For construction requirements and to improve access

Description: The Order Limits are being increased to include an additional construction compound and access. The Order Limits include Deeside Lane, running southeast, industrial land on Wood Farm Compound to the northeast of Deeside Lane, and the access track that runs past Woodfield Cottage to Sealand Road (A548). Following discussions with the landowner, an additional compound is proposed on land north of the Deeside River Crossing and the order limits extended to include the compound and access from the public highway.

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20. Southbound extension of Order Limits parallel to Chorlton Lane to accommodate drainage channel with working area connecting to an existing water course

Location: Higher Inlooms, Chorlton Lane, Poplarhall, Cheshire, CH2 4BN

Latitude and Longitude: 53.23562622041646, -2.8827746595149097

Why the change is being proposed: To improve drainage around the Rock Bank Block Valve Station (BVS)

Description: The Order Limits are being increased to include land running southeast, reaching a river to the Shropshire Union Canal. The Order Limits included land to the west of Chorlton Lane, and to the east of Backford, and then proceeded southeast, parallel to Chorlton Lane, on the east of the Lane. The new Order Limits include a small tract of land running parallel to Chorlton Lane to the west of the road, for a drainage channel to aid surface water drainage from the BVS. The Order Limits include the head of a small water body from the Shropshire Union Canal at the junction of Chorlton Lane and Caughall Road. The Order Limits include a small area of Chorlton Lane, near the junction with Caughall Road for access.

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21. Eastbound extension to Order Limits to accommodate existing drainage channel and partial of inclusion of existing pond

Location: The Briars, Overwood Lane, Mollington, Cheshire, CH1 6JA

Latitude and Longitude: 53.22568784341885, -2.9265051953459618

Why the change is being proposed: To improve drainage around the Mollington Block Valve Station (BVS)

Description: The Order Limits are being increased to the east to include a small section of the pond directly south of the junction between Overwood Lane and Townfield Lane. The original Order Limits crossed Overwood Lane to the west of the junction with Townfield Lane, running south towards the A540. The Order Limits have been expanded to allow the construction of a drainage channel from the Mollington BVS into the pond to direct surface water drainage from the BVS.

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22. Southbound extension of Order Limits by North Wales Expressway to include watercourse

Location: Adjacent to Village Road, Northop Hall, A55, Northop Hall, Flintshire, CH7 6HS

Latitude and Longitude: 53.200551226501155, -3.105548729188766

Why the change is being proposed: To improve drainage around the Northop Hall Block Valve Station (BVS)

Description: The Order Limits are being extended to the south to include a tributary of Wepre Brook which runs along the A55 and Chester Road. The Order Limits run parallel to the B5125 and include the Northop Hall Block Valve Station to the south of the B5125, and to the west of the junction with Smithy Lane. The Order Limit then moves southeast and runs parallel to the A55. The Order Limit is being increased to the south to include a small part of the tributary river of Wepre Brook, just after it crosses the A55, to allow for surface water drainage from the Northop Hall BVS.

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23. Eastbound extension to Order Limits to accommodate a connection to an existing drainage channel

Location: Bryn Ffuan Allt-Goch Lane, Northop, Flintshire, CH7 6DL

Latitude and Longitude: 53.22759324824475, -3.1243627413781034

Why the change is being proposed: To improve drainage around the Flint Above Ground Installation (AGI)

Description: The Order Limits have been extended to the east to include the waterway that runs parallel to Allt-Goch Lane after the junction with Coed Onn Road. The pipeline runs parallel to Allt-Goch Lane, with the pipeline and associated AGI to the southeast of the road. The new Order Limits include a small section of the waterway to the east of Allt-Goch Lane and the northeast of the BVS. This will allow for surface water drainage from the Flint BVS into this water body.

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24. Westbound extension to accommodate drainage channel, larger working area provided to allow for connection to existing watercourse Afon Nant-Y-Flint

Location: Fernside Cottage, Nant Road, Flint, Flintshire, CH8 8BD

Latitude and Longitude: 53.24413062573336, -3.175838722903538

Why the change is being proposed: To improve drainage around the Cornist Lane Block Valve Station (BVS)

Description: The Order Limits are being expanded to the west of the Cornist Lane Block Valve Station to allow for the building of a drainage channel that connects to the Afon Nant-Y-Flint. The original Order Limits ran southeast from Cornist Lane, leaving the majority of the field to the west untouched. The new Order Limits include the tree line and an additional 10-metre track running west along Cornist Lane up until Afon Nant-Y-Flint. This allows for an access track to construct a surface water drainage channel, as well as preserving the tree line.


Key consultation documents

We are consulting on the 24 additional, localised changes we need to make to the proposed CO₂ pipeline – you can find the key documents for this consultation below.

Revised order limits

This document outlines the Order Limits as revised.

DCO Scoping Boundary - PDF, 10.9MB

Questionnaire

We are currently consulting on the 24 changes we need to make to the proposed CO₂ pipeline, to permanently store emissions under Liverpool Bay – improving air quality while protecting and creating jobs.

If you would like more information about the whole route, the brochure is available here alongside other material: www.hynethub.co.uk/index.php?contentid=57

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