In 2017, we were given planning permission to store natural gas in newly created cavities located at the Holford Brinefield. We are now looking to amend this consent to give the option of storing hydrogen rather than natural gas. If the change is approved, we will use 19 new underground cavities to store 1,300 gigawatt hours of hydrogen – more clean energy than any other facility and enough to heat more than 100,000 homes for an entire year.
Once the brine has been removed from the cavities it is sent to the INOVYN operations at Runcorn and to other customers in the chemical industry.
The location of the proposed cavities is the same as those consented through the existing Development Consent Order (DCO) and can be seen on the diagram below.
What development is planned?
The Planning Process
Because of the importance of the Project in helping the UK meet its increasing energy need, the KGSP was classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). As such, rather than going through the local authority, the DCO was granted by the Secretary of Statement for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. This process was managed by the Planning Inspectorate. The KGSP has a webpage on the Planning Inspectorate website.
The change application will be the same. We are working with the Planning Inspectorate and plan to submit the application to them before the end of 2022.
Before we do, we are consulting the local communities, authorities, statutory bodies and other stakeholders on the proposed change.
The original DCO application included an extensive Environmental Statement, which considered all aspects of the Project; any potential impacts on the environment; and, where necessary, any mitigation measures. You can view this in the Library.
As part of the change application, we’ve prepared an Environmental Report. Our team, in preparing the report, has considered whether there would be any new or different likely effects as a result of the planned changes.
The proposed change will not result in any significant changes in environmental impacts including noise and vibration; ground conditions; traffic and transport; and socio-economics.
Updated reports have also confirmed no significant impacts as a result of the change, with the areas considered below. You can read the full Environmental Report here.