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Gas storage plant gets go-ahead

The Government has given a Lincolnshire coast gas storage plant the go-ahead after a public inquiry.

The country’s gas storage capacity will be increased by 15 per cent through Wingas’ Saltfleetby installation, energy minister Charles Hendry said.

When demand is low, the 800m3 site will use a pipeline to transport natural gas from the national transmission system at Theddlethorpe. A subterranean reservoir will then store the gas and return it when demand improves.

Planning support for the project was provided by consultancy Barton Willmore.

But because the effect the project will have on the landscape and also the noise it will create the plant contrasts with national planning guidance and the area’s development, planning inspector Ian McPherson said.

However, the urgent need for the development and lack of alternatives “outweighs” any concerns over the project, he said. This included locating the plant at Theddlethorpe, as advocated by Lincolnshire County Council.