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Storengy brings forward expected start date for British natural gas storage site

09 Jan 2013 16:11:38 | esgm

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French storage operator Storengy plans to start operations at its British Stublach storage facility site earlier than previously targeted, while expecting there to be no impact on the development from safety concerns raised by neighbouring mine-owner Salt Union, the company told ICIS.

Salt Union - whose Winsford Rock Salt Mine operates approximately 800m from the budding Stublach project - expressed concern last year to the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) that it has not been provided with adequate information to make sure that there will be no risk of gas migration from Storengy's facility to the mine (see ESGM 19 December 2012).

HSE is now reviewing Storengy's pre-operation safety report, which deals with the operation and maintenance of the site.

"HSE is currently reviewing the safety report we submitted on 15 August 2012. We do not have any indication that HSE would delay their assessment," a Storengy spokesperson said. "Salt Union's concerns are known, and as such have been considered at the former stages of the safety report. Storengy does not expect they will impact the development [of the Stublach facility]."

Summer 2013 target

Storengy revealed that it will start importing gas to Stublach this summer, and that the facility will have an initial capacity of 40 million cubic metres (Mm3).

This actually brings forward the company's previous operational start-up target of October 2013 (see ESGM 26 June 2012).

"We are still targeting a site [capacity] of 400Mm3, and [a delivery rate of] 30Mm3/day when the site is fully developed," the storage operator said.

According to Storengy's website, of the 20 caverns planned to be created at the Stublach project, two are expected online in winter 2013, while the remaining cavities are expected to be fully developed by 2018. JCE

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