Aldbrough

  • Category: Thermal
  • Energy type: Gas
  • Project type: Asset

The Aldbrough gas storage facility, in East Yorkshire, and developed in a joint venture between SSE and Equinor (formerly Statoil) was officially opened by Charles Hendry MP on 27 June 2011. The facility provides around 7% of the total gas storage capacity in the UK.

Aldbrough Phase 2

The planning consent granted to SSE and Equinor (formerly Statoil) to increase the storage capacity at the Aldbrough site, known as Aldbrough Phase 2, has not been progressed due to current market conditions.  There are no plans to pursue the project at this time.

Community woodland

Aldbrough Gas Storage facility provided St Michael's wood in 2013 for the local community. Over 17,000 trees were planted by local contractor, Heritage Hedging, creating approximately 29 ha. of woodland.

Community liaison group

The Community Liaison Group currently meets biannually, and is there to ensure that during the construction and subsequent operation of the Aldbrough Gas Storage facility, SSE and Equinor (formerly Statoil) and the community work together to minimise the impact of the facility on its neighbours.

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The Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility is one of the UK’s newest onshore gas storage facilities, which SSE (66.6% share) has developed with Equinor (formerly Statoil). The last of the nine caverns at the Aldbrough facility entered commercial operation in November 2012, meaning that the site is now fully operational. The facility continues to operate with high availability to meet commercial requirements and on the 23 January 2013, Aldbrough saw a record level of output, with over 18mcm of gas exported to the National Transmission System that day - equivalent to the average daily consumption of around 4 million homes.

To form caverns such as those at Aldbrough and Hornsea, salt deposits around 2km underground are leached out by seawater which, in turn, is replaced (dewatered) by gas under pressure. All leaching and dewatering has now been completed at the Aldbrough site.

SSE and Equinor have consent to increase the storage capacity at the Aldbrough site (Aldbrough Phase 2) and during the last couple of years have been working to involve the local community where appropriate to refine aspects of this project. The project has not been progressed due to current market conditions. There are no plans to pursue the project at this time.

Community liaison group (CLG)

The Aldbrough facility already represents a major strategic contributor to the national storage of gas within the UK and it is important that the local community stands to benefit as part of that. As part of our planning consent back in 2006, we made a commitment to hold a regular Community Liaison Group (CLG) made up of local representatives, which members of the public are welcome to observe.

The CLG currently meets biannually to ensure that operation of the Aldbrough Gas Storage facility, the developer / operator and the community work together to minimise the impact of the facility on its neighbours. Fundamental to this role, the CLG needs to promote open and honest communication between all parties.

Members of the CLG include:

  • Michael Gillatt – SSE – Head of Site Operations
  • Roseann Hughes – SSE – Liaison Manager
  • Cllr Peter Turner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Ward Councillor)
  • Kevin Blackwell – Aldbrough Parish Council
  • Tim Floater – Aldbrough Parish Council
  • Mick Robinson – Aldbrough Sports Hall
  • Avril Crawforth – East Garton Parish Council
  • Steve Mattinson – East Garton Parish Council
  • Julie Dickinson-Shaw – St. Michael’s Church  
  • Billie-Jean Henry –represents local horse users
  • Stuart Allen – Aldbrough School

 

The minutes from recent CLG meetings are available below.

 

Community woodland

St. Michael’s Wood was provided by the owners of the Aldbrough Gas Storage facility. It was planted during the winter/spring of 2013, by Heritage Hedging, a local contractor based a few miles away in Burton Pidsea. 17,395 trees were planted to create an area of woodland of approximately 29 ha. A number of different species of tree were planted, including Oak, Sycamore, Hornbeam, Aspen, Willow and Pine. The woodland also contains a number of broadleaves including Rowan, Wild Cherry, Field Maple, Alder and Birch. Woodland shrubs such as Hazel, Guelder Rose, Dogwood and Hawthorn are also present.

A wetland area, 0.73 acres in size has also been created.

The photographs below were taken in spring 2017, and show how the woodland has matured since it was planted a few years ago.

St Michaels Wood Image April 2017 
The photographs below were taken in May 2014.

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17,395 trees were planted to create an area of woodland of approximately 29 ha. A number of different species of tree were planted, including Oak, Sycamore, Hornbeam, Aspen, Willow and Pine. The woodland also contains a number of broadleaves including Rowan, Wild Cherry, Field Maple, Alder and Birch. Woodland shrubs such as Hazel, Guelder Rose, Dogwood and Hawthorn are also present.

A wetland area, 0.73 acres in size has also been created. IMG 7648

A competition was held for local school children to come up with a name for the wood. The final name for the wood was suggested by Stanley McDermott, aged 9 of Sproatley Primary School.
The Aldbrough Gas Storage Community Liaison Group chose the winning entry.

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