Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

French firm to develop large gas storage facility in England

Gaz de France announced it will develop a large storage facility in England after GE’s September issue went to press.
The company has signed an agreement with INEOS Enterprises for the commercial development of a proposed salt cavern storage facility at Stublach in the North West.

The total capacity could reach 400M.m3 of natural gas. The group will operate the facility under a 30-year lease agreement running until 2037; the first caverns will be commissioned in 2013. INEOS will provide solution mining services for the creation of the caverns.

This new facility, which will be one of the main UK storages, will enhance the security of supply to the UK market. The total development investment budget is about £350M.

This major operation sees Gaz de France extend its international storage portfolio. The group has Europe’s second largest storage capacity with additional facilities in France, Germany, Slovakia and Romania.

The UK gas market is one of the largest in Europe with a forecast growth of 2% per year, with imports of natural gas to increase as North Sea production declines. This means the new gas storage capacity, which brings flexibility to security of supply, will develop rapidly.

Storage represents about 4% of annual consumption, compared with 24% in France and 19% in Germany. Storage is a crucial link in the gas chain and Europe offers huge growth potential in the area. Average storage capacity has been growing by more than 5% per year since 1989, compared with the world average of 1.7% over the same period.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.