SGN appoints site contractor for hydrogen transfer to up to 300 homes in 100 Fife project

Gas distribution company SGN has appointed Altrad Babcock as the main works contractor for its H100 Fife green hydrogen project, the first 100% green hydrogen-to-homes zero carbon network anywhere in the world.
A 7MW wind turbine, owned and operated by the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult in Fife Energy Park since 2016, will supply the renewable electricity for the project. The electricity will be fed into two alkaline electrolysers totalling 5MW, which can deliver up to 2,093kg of green hydrogen per day. The hydrogen will be stored in six purpose-built pressure vessels which will ensure continuous supply. The gas will be reduced in pressure by a pressure reduction station, before being delivered through a newly laid gas network to all of the opted-in homes. The green hydrogen will be odourised to ensure it has the same distinctive smell as natural gas.
Up to 300 homes in Levenmouth in Fife can choose to opt-in to the H100 Fife project to be supplied with hydrogen through a new distribution network which is due to go live in 2024. Demonstration houses are now being built in Fife Energy Park, alongside the production and storage site, and potential H100 Fife participants will be able to visit them to test and use hydrogen appliances and see how they are installed.
Altrad Babcock will build the hydrogen production and storage for the project, integrating elements designed by global engineering consultancy Arup. This includes carrying out civil, buildings and mechanical work as well as the electrical control and instrumentation.