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Runcorn Spur Pipeline


The Runcorn Carbon Dioxide Spur Pipeline Proposed Development forms part of the HyNet Project and is focussed on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS). The objectives of HyNet are to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from industry and support economic growth in the North West of England and North Wales.

The Runcorn Carbon Dioxide Spur Pipeline Proposed Development would connect to the HyNet Carbon Dioxide Pipeline, a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project subject to a Development Consent Order (DCO). The HyNet Carbon Dioxide Pipeline DCO application was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in October 2022, and is currently in the determination stage, with a decision from the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero due in March 2024.

Runcorn Spur Pipeline

The Runcorn Carbon Dioxide Spur Pipeline Proposed Development would connect the Viridor Energy from Waste facility’s new carbon capture plant in Runcorn to the HyNet Carbon Dioxide Pipeline at Ince.

The Proposed Development would include:

  • Runcorn Above Ground Installation (AGI): comprising a fenced compound housing equipment designed to receive carbon dioxide from the Viridor facility and ensure the safe and efficient operation of the pipeline. The AGI would be approximately 35m x 40m in size and would be located on industrial land adjacent to the Viridor Energy from Waste plant. For more information about Above Ground Installations (AGI), please click here.
  • Runcorn Carbon Dioxide Spur Pipeline: A pipeline transporting carbon dioxide, connecting the Runcorn AGI to the Ince AGI. The pipeline would typically be installed above-ground through industrial land and buried through agricultural land. The initial design suggests that the pipeline would be approximately 10km in length.
  • Additional equipment at Ince AGI
  • Temporary Construction Compound(s)

The diagram shows a broad red line area, which covers the pipeline working corridor proposed for construction (this will be firmed up as part of the planning submission).

Project stage

Work is currently commencing to engage with landowners potentially impacted by the Runcorn Carbon Dioxide Spur Pipeline Proposed Development.

By April 2024, a study of the pipeline route options will have been carried out, with factors including environment, planning, engineering and affected stakeholders taken into consideration to select a preferred route. An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) will also be carried out to understand the likely effects that the proposals would have on the environment.

To gain consent to build the Proposed Development, Liverpool Bay CCS Limited (the Applicant) will prepare planning applications, to be submitted under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as amended) to Cheshire West and Chester Council and Halton Borough Council in January 2025.

The Runcorn Carbon Dioxide Spur Pipeline Proposed Development is currently in its pre-planning application phase, where Liverpool Bay CCS Limited is engaging with local stakeholders and compiling the information required for the planning application. Ahead of the submission of the planning application a non-statutory pre-application consultation will be carried out, which will include:

  • Making project plans and information available to view and to comment on online
  • Notifying consultees of the consultation
  • Providing a 28-day consultation period
  • Reporting how the consultation was undertaken and how people’s views were considered in a Statement of Community Involvement (SoCI) report

Proposed timeline

Landowner engagement

October 2023 to September 2024

Non-statutory pre-application consultation

October 2024

Planning application submitted (Determination period - January to December 2025)

January 2025 to December 2025


May 2026 to March 2028

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