By OGJ editors
HOUSTON, Jan. 13 -- UK lawmakers should consider allowing natural gas to be stored in subsea salt caverns, said Sec. of State for Trade and Industry Alan Johnson.
His comments came Jan. 12 during parliamentary debate on supply security under the Energy Act of 2004.
UK storage laws do not address undersea storage facilities. Johnson cited strong storage potential in numerous geological formations.
"There is already commercial interest in creating these [gas storage] facilities, and they could significantly add to the UK's gas supply capacity," Johnson said.
The Department of Trade & Industry commissioned a report by the British Geological Survey that said the southern North Sea is suitable for gas storage in salt caverns. The survey also said a smaller area in the Irish Sea could provide storage in salt caverns.
Legislation is expected to be introduced when parliamentary time allows, Johnson said, adding that regulations also could be updated regarding onshore gas supply infrastructure.