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20km water pipe bid to supply proposed hydrogen plant near Edderton

By Hector MacKenzie

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The public drop-in will be held at Ardross Hall. Picture: James Mackenzie.
The public drop-in will be held at Ardross Hall. Picture: James Mackenzie.

PLANS for a 20km Easter Ross pipeline to supply a proposed hydrogen production plant are set to come under public scrutiny later this month.

The pipe would run just over 20 kilometres from an existing ‘raw’ water storage tank near Newmore Water Treatment Works, north of Invergordon, to the proposed plant east of the Beinn Tharsuinn wind farm, joining the B9176 Struie Road at Ardross and following it north to the wind farm access road.

Scottish Water is inviting local residents to attend a consultation event on Tuesday, February 27.


It takes place from 3pm to 7.30pm at Ardross Hall and centres on plans to supply a proposed hydrogen production plant near Edderton.

Three pumping stations would also be installed as part of the project, at various stages along the route.

Scottish Water’s commercial subsidiary, Scottish Water Horizons, is developing the proposed new water infrastructure on behalf of Scottish Power and Storegga who have already applied for planning consent for the Cromarty Hydrogen Project.

Water feedstock supply is needed for the production of hydrogen via electrolysis, a process by which water is broken down using renewable electricity to release hydrogen and oxygen.

The drop-in event will include a presentation about the proposal, as well as the opportunity to ask questions or discuss the pipeline with representatives from the project team, ahead of a formal planning application being submitted to Highland Council.

Project manager Mathieu Souleau said: “We would warmly welcome any residents from the areas surrounding this project to come along to our drop-in event to find out more about the proposals, raise any questions and provide feedback. This will help us as we prepare to apply for planning consent for the proposed new water main.”

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