Gas storage plan on view

Keith Budinger, chief executive of Halite

Keith Budinger, chief executive of Halite

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THE great gas debate is set to continue as plans for an underground gas storage facility in Over Wyre go on display.

After two rejections of the Canatxx plans, its successor company Halite Energy has lodged a ‘slimmed-down’ version with the Independent Planning Commission.

Confirmation that the IPC has accepted Halite’s plans for discussion came just before Christmas.

The application is now in the ‘pre-examination’ phase of the IPC decision-making process and residents can now review the application documents and register their interest with the IPC.

Halite wants to create up to 19 purpose-built caverns in the salt field at Preesall. The caverns would be used for the storage of up to 900 million cubic metres of natural gas, including 600 million cubic metres of working gas – a figure significantly less than Canatxx plans between 2005 and 2009.

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Halite’s chief executive, Keith Budinger, said: “The announcement from the IPC that it has accepted our application for examination is a welcome step forward for the proposed Project.

“The application documents are now available for review by the public and we would encourage people who have views on the project to register their interest with the IPC.

“Their feedback can be considered by the independent IPC Commissioners during the examination which will take place in the coming months.”

Applications are now on display at Halite Energy Group, St Georges Park, Kirkham, Wyre Council’s offices on Breck Road, Poulton, Fleetwood Library, Thornton Library, Knott End Library and Poulton Library.

People can register their details by visiting the IPC website at infrastructure.independent.gov.uk or by calling the IPC on 0303 444 5000. Completed forms must be sent to the IPC at Temple Quay House, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN. The IPC’s reference for the Project, EN030001, should be quoted in any correspondence.

The document and plans can also be viewed and downloaded from Halite’s website at www.halite-energy.co.uk.

The fifth in a series of community newsletters explaining the next stages of the IPC process will be distributed shortly.

Please contact Halite on (01772) 672244.