Demolition work begins in the Longman as Inverness gasometer makes way for new green hydrogen site

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Long familiar to Inverness, the gasometer is to be demolished to make way for a green hydrogen hub.

One of the Highland capital’s best-known industrial landmarks is set to disappear in the coming weeks.

Demolition work begins today at the former gas holder SGN Commercial near Harbor Road in the Longman Industrial Estate. This will allow the site to be converted into a green hydrogen hub for the Highlands.

SGN, which is carrying out the demolition and clearing of the site, expects the work to take 12 weeks.

Once this phase is complete, geoenergy and green hydrogen company Getech will begin development of its planned green hydrogen facilities, subject to necessary approvals.

Getech Chief Executive Dr Jonathan Copus said: “Today marks the start of the groundwork needed to advance our green hydrogen hub in Inverness. The hub, which is located between the city’s rail depot and the industrial area, is ideally positioned to supply high-volume anchor transport customers.

“The facility, which is expected to grow over time to a capacity of 20MW, producing around 8 tonnes of green hydrogen each day, will meet the rail demand of Inverness station and a significant part of the weights trucks and bus fleets in the region. We share a vision with SGN and Highland Council to establish the Inverness hub as an anchor asset for a world-class green hydrogen network spanning the Highlands. This network will support job creation, ensure energy security and provide a sustainable path for the region’s net zero transition.

“Through the application of our geospatial and economic analytics, Getech is uniquely positioned to accelerate the adoption of green hydrogen and grow its market share in the energy transition. With the UK government targeting at least 50% of its 10GW hydrogen production by 2030 from green hydrogen, we look forward to replicating and expanding our operations, both in the UK and abroad. international.

From left to right at the Longman site are: Katherine Frangos, project manager for Getech's hydrogen division, H2 Green;  Kathleen Hutchinson, SGN Estates and Development Manager – Scotland;  Luke Johnson, Managing Director of H2 Green;  and Neil O'Cuinneagain, Director of SGN Place.
From left to right at the Longman site are: Katherine Frangos, project manager for Getech’s hydrogen division, H2 Green; Kathleen Hutchinson, SGN Estates and Development Manager – Scotland; Luke Johnson, Managing Director of H2 Green; and Neil O’Cuinneagain, Director of SGN Place.

Marcus Hunt, Director of Commercial Services and Investments at SGN, said: “It is great to see the start of the regeneration of SGN’s redundant gas storage site in Inverness. SGN and Getech are aligned around the concept of making green hydrogen a reality in the Highlands and the UK.

“The opportunity to turn redundant industrial sites, like this one, into green hydrogen transport hubs is a great example of how hydrogen offers a pathway to revitalize the nation’s infrastructure on the road to a low-carbon economy. This project is an important foundation that could help accelerate the wider hydrogen economy in the Highlands and support the UK’s journey to net zero.

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