Infrastrata et al. might have difficulty in continuing with the project? From Infrastrata’s website it looks like they are expecting more EU funding to complete the project. Anyone know? Or any idea where we can find this info out?
Published on Saturday 14 January 2012
SCIENTIFIC investigations into Larne’s potential for energy storage is being taken a step further by Gaelectric Energy Storage (GES).
Unlike InfraStrata and North East Storage – which hope to excavate underground salt caverns to build up reserves of natural gas – Gaelectric is undertaking exploratory drilling ahead of a proposal to cache compressed air generated by wind turbines at off-peak periods and use it to boost the grid when required.
If all goes to plan, GES would build a facility to convert the compressed air into electricity by heating it using natural gas. The project would also entail a marine pipeline.
Leah Doherty: 24th June 2016
Basically there is a power plant, that will be fuelled by fracked gas, planned to be built by Gaelectric and Dresser Rand in Islandmagee, Antrim.
This power plant will be driven by fracked gas, initially that gas will probably come from U.S. then if Cameron and Arlene et al get their way the gas needed to run this proposed plant will in the future be from the U.K. and/or the Larne Basin.
This plant in Islandmagee is one of a number being proposed throughout the UK and is part of an energy plan that will lock us into fracking and the burning of gas for decades to come. Both Gaelectric and Infrastrata have been given grants by the EU for their respective projects.
There have obviously been deals already made between countries and the big players in the industry. The US is eager to export it’s fracked gas and take the market share in Europe away from Russia and the middle east. This move has little to do with transitioning from fossil fuel consumption or our dependence on Russia etc…it has to do with profits for the fracking industry and those profits can only increase if their market widens.
The well will be drilled to a depth of 2,000 metres and target three conventional sandstone reservoir intervals, the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone, Lower Permian Sandstone and Carboniferous Sandstones. The P50 Prospective Resources have been estimated by the joint venture at 25 million barrels of oil within the Woodburn Forest prospect.
Following completion of the drilling, the well will be plugged and abandoned and the site will be restored to its former state. In the event of encouraging results from the well, any re-establishment of the site for further works, such as testing, would require further consents and planning approval.