Press Release

GATEWAY GAS STORAGE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTATION: STATEMENT

Gateway Gas Storage is consulting various local and national organisations about its plans to develop an offshore gas storage facility in the Irish Sea, about 25kms off the coast from Fylde and south–west of Barrow-in-Furness. The consultation, with bodies such as Barrow Council, Cumbria County Council and the Environment Agency, is focused on the environmental impact assessment that is to be carried out as an initial part of the development and planning process for the scheme.

The consultation document has been issued to more than 20 organisations and a further 50 have been notified of the consultation exercise. These organisations were informed during the final week of April, and the consultation process is being managed by RBA Ltd, one of the UK’s most experienced environmental planning consultancy firms. RBA will also lead the Environmental Impact Assessment.

Gateway Storage and the development company, Stag Energy, are wholly committed to wider public consultation. Once Gateway Storage has firmed up its plans, and prior to any planning applications being submitted, the company will hold local information seminars in order to share the plans with local people, listen to their views about the project, and provide an opportunity to meet the development team. Details of such meetings will be advertised locally closer to the event.

The gas storage facility, a series of sub-surface caverns, would be created in the salt strata below the Irish Sea, and when built (subject to planning consent and financing) will substantially improve the security of energy supply for the UK and Irish markets. The storage facility will be connected by pipelines to a proposed onshore gas processing plant, to be located in Barrow-in-Furness, that is linked to the National Gas Transmission System. Subject to securing planning consent, the gas storage facility would commence operations in 2011.

For further information about Gateway Gas Storage, please visit www.stagenergy.com

For media enquiries, please contact Paul Taylor (Taylor Keogh Communications): 020 8487 8288 / 07966 782611 / This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
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