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Major contract win for largest UK onshore gas storage facility

Yokogawa Europe : 03 August, 2013  (Application Story)
Yokogawa United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom will supply an integrated control and safety system, together with a metering solution. The order includes the supply and installation of Yokogawa's flagship Centum VP integrated production control system to control the gas compressors. Also included in the project is the ProSafe-RS integrated safety instrumented system, which will contribute to ensuring process safety at the facility.

The Atwick gas storage facility comprises nine man-made salt cavities that have been leached into a salt layer 1.8km 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 When needed, the gas is then withdrawn from the cavities, dried, and exported to the national transmission system. According to the British Geological Survey: "When compared to above ground storage tank facilities, underground gas storage provides significantly greater and cheaper storage volumes required and, when carefully constructed and monitored, added levels of safety."

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.

Herman van den Berg, President, Yokogawa Europe BV says: "In Europe and North America, gas is often stored in underground facilities, and many projects for the construction and upgrade of such facilities are in the planning stage, spurred by such developments as the surge in shale gas production. Yokogawa is targeting the natural gas industry, and we believe that this project will allow us to gain further expertise in gas storage control and safety applications."

SSE is one of the UK's largest generators of electricity with over 13,000MW of capacity (UK and Ireland) from the most diverse portfolio of power stations. It is the leading generator of electricity from renewable resources, with a total generation capacity of 3200MW. Through its renewable development division, SSE Renewables, it is involved in the development of new renewable energy projects covering wind, wave, tide, and hydro electricity.

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