March 25, 2019 [Networks Online] – Plans to convert the National Grid liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Avonmouth into a new liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage terminal operated by Flogas Britain have been approved.
The facility will be the biggest of its kind in the UK and will allow Flogas to significantly boost its LPG offering to customers across the UK.
The LPG storage terminal will have capacity to store 34,564 tonnes of LPG.
Formerly owned by the National Grid, the Avonmouth facility was previously only licensed to store LNG. However, the permissions granted by Gloucestershire County Council allow for a change in content, switching the site’s usage from LNG to LPG storage.
The usage switch means that once open, the Avonmouth facility will further strengthen Flogas’ distribution network.
Lee Gannon, Flogas Britain’s managing director, said: “Once operational, Avonmouth will be a game-changer; massively increasing the UK’s total LPG storage capability. Our investment in this demonstrates our unwavering commitment to security of LPG supply and to the LPG industry in general.”
Gannon continued: “LPG has an important role to play in delivering the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, providing off-grid businesses and homeowners with an excellent low carbon, low cost alternative to oil and solid fuels.
“Bringing Avonmouth online will allow us to respond to the rise in demand this will create with an unparalleled, dependable nationwide supply of LPG, while at the same time supporting the UK’s National Infrastructure Delivery Plan.”
President and COO of global transmission for National Grid Ventures, Jon Butterworth, added: “The Avonmouth gas storage facility has been at the heart of providing safe and secure gas supplies from National Grid during the last 40 years. Not only that, it has provided a base for training, developing and supporting highly skilled engineering staff and been the lifeblood of their careers and many others within the local community.
“As the gas pipeline networks have grown and expanded deeper into the South West and Wales, the site is no longer necessary for National Grid’s business and its consumers. I’m enormously proud, and it gives me great pleasure to be able to be hand it over to Flogas Britain, a business with over 30 years of experience of supplying LPG to tens of thousands of customers across the UK.
“LPG is a safe, clean, reliable, and affordable low carbon fuel which is supplied to customers who are not connected to the mains grid. The storage capability Avonmouth provides means that Flogas Britain has a capability that can guarantee gas supply to its customers via one of the largest LPG distribution networks in the UK.”