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Contract established for largest UK onshore gas storage facility

Yokogawa UK has been awarded a multi-million pound contract by SSE Hornsea for the upgrade of one of the UK’s largest onshore underground gas storage facilities, located at Atwick, East Yorkshire.

Yokogawa UK will supply an integrated control and safety system, together with a metering solution.

The Atwick gas storage facility comprises nine man-made salt cavities that have been leached into a salt layer 1.8 km underground, creating around 325 million cubic metres of gas storage space. Gas is imported to the site and injected into the cavities for storage. When needed, the gas is then withdrawn from the cavities, dried, and exported to the national transmission system.

This contract is part of an SSE project to extend the life of the site and allow its use for both peak shaving and longer term storage by improving control, compression, and metering. It is the project’s aim to ensure the viability of the asset’s control systems and the commercial availability of the facility for the future by replacing the obsolete control systems with modern, maintainable, and supportable control and safety systems.


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