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Client Wales and West Utilities (WWU)
Turley office Cardiff ,  Bristol
Status Completion of a Hydrogen Infrastructure Planning and Legal Delivery Strategy
LPA Pembrokeshire County Council, Carmarthenshire County Council, Swansea Council, Neath Port Talbot Council

Establishing the planning and consenting strategy for the delivery of hydrogen pipeline infrastructure across Wales and England

Our role

  • Working in collaboration with BDB Pitmans, Turley prepared a Planning and Legal Delivery Strategy for the development of hydrogen infrastructure across Wales and England, including a cross-border scenario. 
  • Using WWU’s HyLine Cymru (South Wales) as a case study, it set out the relevant policy and legislation and addressed the key development considerations to bring forward hydrogen infrastructure. This included routes to streamlining future consenting options. 
  • A Public Affairs Strategy was prepared to engage and secure support for the consenting pathway(s) with political and industry stakeholders in Wales, with learnings for England. 
  • Specialist input outlined the sustainability and socio-economic methodology to promote the benefits of HyLine Cymru, and how this could apply to all hydrogen infrastructure projects. 


  • The Strategy addressed a recognised gap in current knowledge regarding planning and consenting routes for hydrogen infrastructure. This included a gap within emerging legislation in Wales for projects of national importance, where there is no reference to hydrogen.
  • The findings, recommendations and next steps were presented to the client and informed WWU’s plans to deliver hydrogen infrastructure and reach net zero by 2050. 
  • The Strategy provides a pathway for network providers to develop hydrogen infrastructure within Wales, England or both, now and in the future. A Summary Strategy was prepared for WWU to share learnings with all network providers. 
  • By identifying opportunities to streamline planning and consenting, and robust methodologies to present project benefits, network providers can work collectively and innovatively to speed up delivery at a cross-country scale. The Strategy supports the timely delivery of hydrogen infrastructure, playing a key role in achieving net zero by 2050. 


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