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Hydrogen Focus Area

The Hydrogen Focus Area will consider market change activities needed to integrate hydrogen into the energy mix with minimal impact on gas market participants.

Hydrogen, alongside other technologies, is expected to play a significant role in the decarbonisation of UK heat, industry, power generation and transport. However, it is unclear how and where it will be produced and consumed, how it will be transported and when a hydrogen transition could begin. This uncertainty creates the need to understand the broad market impacts of hydrogen in different production, consumption and transportation scenarios.

National Grid Gas Transmission in collaboration with industry, decision makers and stakeholders are working together on the Hydrogen Gas Markets Plan (GMaP). We want to make sure the gas system and markets continue to deliver consumer value throughout the UK’s potential transition to a full (100%) hydrogen future. 

Hydrogen GMaP objective

The Hydrogen GMaP objective is to outline potential future market change based on a range of hydrogen scenarios. For market participants, this will indicate how to plan for future market change, based on specific market triggers that could come to fruition. 

The Hydrogen GMaP launched in April 2020 and is progressing through three defined stages: 

  1. We generated four hydrogen scenarios that include a range of upstream, midstream and downstream variables of a potential UK hydrogen economy.  
  2. Through widespread industry engagement we are identifying market actions that may be required to enable a full hydrogen transition, considering the needs of upstream, midstream and downstream market participants.  
  3. In the final stage we will build a detailed roadmap of where and when market change actions could be required for a full UK hydrogen transition, based on the results of our industry engagement on the Hydrogen GMaP.  

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