The Environment Agency is seeking comments on plans by Angus Energy to process gas at its Saltfleetby field in Lincolnshire.
The company proposes to resume production at the field, east of Louth, and export refined gas to the national grid.
Gas from Saltfleetby was previously processed at the nearby Theddlethorpe Gas Terminal, which closed in August 2018.
The last production from the field was in December 2017, after which the then operator, Wingas, suspended the wells.
In November 2019, Angus Energy took over operation of Saltfleetby with plans to produce gas for up to 16 years. Production is expected to resume in February 2022, the company has said.
Angus Energy is now seeking a variation to its environmental permit to allow it to:
- Process and refine gas and condensate produced at Saltfleetby
- Burn gas from the site to power electricity generators
A public consultation opened yesterday (8 September 2021) and continues until Wednesday 6 October 2021.
The Environment Agency can consider issues such as: the impact on surrounding land; the effect of noise and smell from traffic on the site; regulatory and technical standards; and techniques to monitor or control pollution.
Angus Energy’s application said there would be four sources of emissions to air from the operations: a ground flare and three generator exhausts. There would be no releases to water courses or the sewer, it said.
The company predicted “no significant environmental impact issues or human health impacts” from the new operations.
It said the processing facilities would be on the B Extension, one of three sites at Saltfleetby.
The necessary equipment would include: compressors, blowers and fans; pumps; exchangers; air coolers; vessels, columns and reactors; three gas-powered generators; burners, seals, basins and packages; pipework and cabling.
Gas was discovered at Saltfleetby in 1996 in the Westphalian sandstones and Namurian reservoirs. At the time, it was the largest onshore gas field in the UK.
There are eight wells, with potential plans for sidetracks to three of them (Saltfleetby 5, 6 and 7).
The permit application said the closest homes to the B site were 300m away. There were no public rights of way or designated ecologically important wildlife sites within 1km, the application said. The site is in a flood zone 3a, with a high probability of flooding.