SSE’s new gas storage facility at Aldbrough, in East Yorkshire has been opened by Energy Minister Charles Hendry.
There are nine underground caverns at the location, six of which are already storing gas. The three remaining caverns are expected to be operational by the summer of 2012.
SSE say Aldbrough will provide around 7% of the total gas storage capacity in the UK and 25% of gas deliverability.
Charles Hendry, UK Energy Minister, said: “Together with our domestic production and imports, gas storage is a crucial part of ensuring we keep the lights on. This project is a fantastic example of how close co-operation with our neighbours can bring real benefits. The facility and workforce here in Aldbrough will make a vital contribution to the UK’s energy security”.
When fully commissioned, Aldbrough will have the capacity to store around 330mcm of gas. It aims to deliver gas to the National Transmission System at a rate of up to 40mcm per day, the equivalent of the average daily consumption of eight million homes.
SSE already owns and operates a 325mcm gas storage facility at Hornsea, 18km from the Aldbrough site.