Preesall Saltfield Underground Gas Storage

The Secretary of State of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has refused permission for Halite Energy Group Ltd’s project to store gas in up to 19 underground caverns in the Preesall Saltfield. The decision was issued on 9th of April and a 6 week period for any legal challenges has now started. Although recognising the merits of the project the letter setting out the reasons for refusal states ‘it is clear to the Secretary of State that there is significant uncertainty surrounding the two proposed potential cavern development areas, given the lack of hard geological data to demonstrate their suitability for underground gas storage.’ For more information, including the full statement of reasons, see the Preesall Saltfield UGS project page on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

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