Canvey liquefied natural gas (LNG) project plans submitted

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11 January 2006

Plans to develop the UK’s newest liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Canvey Island will be officially unveiled today, with the submission of a planning application to Castlepoint Borough Council.

Canvey was the terminal to receive the UK’s first ever shipment of LNG in 1964 and brings a strong heritage and safety record. Approval for the redevelopment of the site could see an operational LNG terminal by 2009/2010, processing around 5% of the UK’s gas needs.

Owner of the existing liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) site at Canvey, Calor, has teamed up with the UK’s largest energy supplier Centrica, parent company of British Gas, and LNG Japan Corporation and Osaka Gas of Japan in what could be a multi-million pound ‘brownfield’ development creating up to 300 jobs during the construction phase and around 45 long term opportunities.

With the UK becoming a net importer of gas in 2004 and predictions of 50% of our supplies being imported by 2010, facilities such as Canvey are vital to help deliver gas supplies for use in homes, businesses and power generation in the future. Gas useage is predicted to grow by up to 10% in the next 10 years and with 40% of the nation’s power stations fuelled by gas, supply routes into Britain are critical.

Before the North Sea boom, Canvey safely received over 900 cargoes of LNG in its operational lifetime. The site, which was converted to store LPG in the 1990s, houses much of the key infrastructure needed to land gas in liquid form from North and West Africa, the Middle East and Russia. The proposal consists of developing two full steel and reinforced concrete LNG storage tanks, together with new loading arms on the jetty and a regasification plant.

LNG is simply supercooled gas which in its stored liquid form is not flammable. The LNG business enables gas in remote areas which would be uneconomic to send by long distance pipeline, to be transported by specialist boats.

James Adam, Project Manager for Canvey LNG, said: “The headlines recently have emphasised the UK’s need for new gas supplies and new gas import capacity if we are all to continue heating our homes in the future, beyond the gas needed by businesses, in industry and power generation.

“Canvey has already played a key part in helping safely deliver the UK’s gas supplies since the 1960s and could play an important role in securing Britain’s future energy needs.

“The planning application brings together four partners in Calor, Centrica, LNG Japan and Osaka Gas, each with their own unique blend of experience and expertise. This will be vital as we outline the benefits that Canvey could bring to the UK and the local area in terms of jobs and other spin offs. All of the partners will be working to one overriding priority – the safety of employees and the local community and we look forward to demonstrating that to the community of Canvey and a range of other stakeholders in the weeks and months ahead.


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