- 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 Statoil (UK) was officially opened by Charles Hendry MP on 27 June 2011. The facility will provide around 7% of the total gas storage capacity in the UK.
The Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility is one of the UK’s newest onshore gas storage facilities, which SSE (66.6% share) has developed with Statoil (UK) Ltd. The last of the nine caverns at the Aldbrough facility entered commercial operation in November 2012, meaning that the site is now fully operational.
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 every six weeks 'to ensure that during construction and subsequent 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.
The Aldbrough Gas Storage Facility is one of the UK’s newest onshore gas storage facilities, which SSE (66.6% share) has developed with Statoil (UK) Ltd. 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 Statoil (UK) Ltd 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. A final investment decision on the development is however yet to be taken, having previously been deferred while the UK government further clarifies its policy on gas security.
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 every six weeks 'to ensure that during construction and subsequent 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
Jade Fearon – SSE – Liaison Manager
Cllr Peter Turner – East Riding of Yorkshire Council (Ward Councillor)
Kevin Blackwell – Aldbrough Parish Council
Mick Robinson – Aldbrough Sports Hall
Avril Crawforth – East Garton Parish Council
Steve Mattinson – East Garton Parish Council
Janice Harvey – Parochial Church Council
Liz Boddy - Aldbrough Primary School
Billie-Jean Henry – Temporary member representing local horse users
The minutes from CLG meetings (from July 2012 onwards) are available below.
St. Michael’s Wood has been provided by the owners of the Aldbrough Gas Storage facility. It was planted during the winter 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.
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.
Community Liaison Officer
Should you have an urgent query outside of normal working hours, please call site security on 01964 529451 (24 hours)