Centrica today announced that it is proposing to create the
The proposal, with partners Gaz de France and First Oil, will focus on a development study to convert the Bains gas field, in the east Irish Sea, into a dedicated seasonal storage facility nearly one fifth the size of Rough, the
Pre-development studies will run until early 2009, before a final investment decision is made to develop the project. If progressed, the facility could be available to come online for gas production and injection in the winter of 2011/12, with a storage capacity of up to 20 billion cubic feet (bcf).
The Bains project proposes to convert the existing partly depleted Bains field, eight miles north east of Centrica’s
A new unmanned platform and additional compression facilities would be required. Reservoir characteristics of the existing Bains field indicate a storage facility could offer significant flexibility to inject and produce gas at short notice.