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22.04.2021, 23:17

Costain Joins UK Hydrogen Advisory Council Working Group

Costain has been appointed to the UK Government’s Hydrogen Advisory Council Working Group, and has announced its further appointment as Chair of industry initiative, the Decarbonised Gas Alliance (DGA).


Both advisory groups support regional and national decarbonisation projects to deliver the Government’s net zero carbon vision and improve lives in communities.


Grant Johnson, Costain’s front end solution manager oil and gas has been appointed to the Standards and Regulations working group of the Hydrogen Advisory Council (HAC). The Council is the primary forum for BEIS engagement with industry and it seeks to identify and promote the actions needed to scaleup hydrogen use across the energy system. The Council is co-chaired by Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of State for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, and Sinead Lynch, UK Country Chair of Shell.


As the new Chair and Secretariat of the DGA which representing over 50 organisations working together to decarbonise the gas system, the company will spearhead initiatives to re-purpose the United Kingdom's existing gas system by using a range of low carbon and renewable gases such as hydrogen to efficiently and cost effectively support the journey to net zero.


The company is already working to develop, advise and accelerate the decarbonisation agenda - and the deblending of hydrogen in particular through its activities in the South Wales Industrial Cluster.


Rob Philips, energy sector director, explains: "Costain is already supporting deep decarbonisation across the Humber, Teesside, Merseyside, Scotland, and Wales industrial clusters.


"This work coupled with our new advisory roles will enable us to drive decarbonisation more rapidly and support the Government and industry partners to devise a more focussed timetable that will accelerate the UK’s journey towards a achieving the objective of the UK being Net Zero by 2050. Grant’s role at HAC, in particular, will enhance industry representation in the development of this important roadmap."


Chris Barron, Costain’s director of gas networks and storage who will represent the company in its new role as Chair of the DGA, adds: "The alliance is important for the gas market, as it ensures a focus on the decarbonisation of heat, transport and industry, and supports the deployment of low carbon gas solutions that make best use of our existing infrastructure and enable quicker and cheaper decarbonisation."


Rob Philips will further discuss the role hydrogen can play in energy transition in an upcoming podcast with Energy Voice, in association with Deloitte and Fasken. The first series of the event which is entitled, "Making the market", will take place on 29th April - visit to register.


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