Plans

KGSP Development Areas

All of the new gas storage cavities will be located at the Holford Brinefield, and surrounding area to the north of Middlewich, Cheshire. There are also some smaller construction works that will need to be carried out as part of the Project.

In September 2015, changes were made to the red line boundary for the Project.  Previously the red line included an existing pipeline connecting the Holford Brinefield to operations at Runcorn.  The red line boundary was subsequently reduced to remove areas where no development is proposed and which are not required for the Project.

To download the red line boundary click here.. To view the previous red line boundary click here. 

The KGSP would involve creating up to 19 new cavities at the Holford Brinefield and surrounding area north of Middlewich, Cheshire. Once the brine has been removed from the cavities it is sent to the INEOS and INOVYN operations at Runcorn and to other customers in the chemical industry. Once the brine has been removed from each new cavity it is then used to store natural gas. KGSP will link to existing infrastructure in the vicinity of the proposed site to connect to the National Transmission System (NTS).

You can download more detailed maps of each area in the section links.

 

A summary of the proposed development, the ‘Proposal Summary Document’ can be downloaded by visiting the Library page or by  clicking here.

NOTE: The red line boundary for the Project was reduced in September 2015 to remove areas where no development is proposed to take place.  A previous version of this webpage featured the ‘Lostock Saturators’ and the ‘Pipeline’.  These sections have been retained at the bottom of this page, however no longer feature within the red line boundary.

1. Holford Brinefield – the main gas storage site

KGSP - Artist's impression of  a gas storage wellheadBrine will be solution mined to create up to 19 new underground cavities that will then be used to store natural gas. Following the initial consultation undertaken earlier this year, five of the proposed cavity locations have been amended.  Proposed infrastructure in this area also includes a Gas Processing Plant.

To download a detailed map of this area click here

To download an artist’s impression of a gas storage wellhead click here

 

 2. Lostock Tanks

KGSP - Artist's impression of proposed new tanks at Lostock WorksTwo new brine processing tanks will be built on the Lostock Works Site, off Griffiths Road, Northwich.

To download a detailed map of this area click here

To download an artist’s impression of the proposed development at Lostock Works click here

 

 3. Whitley

KGSP - Artist's impression of the proposed Whitley Pumping Station refurbishmentThe existing Whitley Pumping Station at Whitley will be refurbished.

To download a detailed map of this area click here

To download an artist’s impression of the proposed refurbishment click here

 

 

4. Runcorn

KGSP - Artist's impression of proposed pipeline extension at RuncornThe existing pipeline, which currently transports brine into INOVYN ChlorVinyls at Runcorn, will be extended within the site boundary. No gas will be transported to or stored at the Runcorn Site as part of this proposed development.

To download a detailed map of this area click here

To download an artist’s impression of the proposed pipeline extension at Runcorn click here

 

 

5. Lostock Saturators

The brine is pumped to existing brine cavities to the north of Lach Dennis where it is ‘saturated’ to make it a more concentrated brine solution.  As the cavities are existing and no new development is taking place here, this feature has been removed from the application.  The map below (showing the previous red line boundary) is for information only and will not feature in the application.
To download a detailed map of this area click here

6. Pipeline

An existing pipeline (which runs from the Lostock Brine Purification Plant in Northwich to the INOVYN ChlorVinyls site in Weston Point, Runcorn) will continue to be used to transport brine to the INEOS and INOVYN operations. The pipeline will not be used to transport gas and all of the gas storage will take place at the Holford Brinefield.

As the pipeline is existing and no new development is taking place here, this feature has been removed from the application.  The map below (showing the previous red line boundary) is for information only and will not feature in the application
To download a detailed map of this area click here

 

 The Planning Process

Because of the importance of the proposed development in helping the UK meet its increasing energy needs, the KGSP is classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). This means that rather than going through the local authority like most planning applications, the KGSP requires a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who has overall responsibility for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) is the government agency responsible for examining planning applications for NSIPs. Cheshire West & Chester Council, Halton Borough Council and Cheshire East Council will be consulted and are entitled to participate in the planning process.

 

 

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