Why our project is safe to operate

Safety is paramount to Halite Energy and is at the heart of everything we do.

As part of this commitment to safety, independent experts have undertaken a rigorous risk assessment which has looked at all areas of the Project, with a view to demonstrating that any risks to the community or natural environment are no higher than the risks we live with every day.

Similarly, our experienced team is committed to ensuring the very highest levels of safety at the site and across the wider area.

This team includes our dedicated Safety Director, Brian Stanley. Brian will be overseeing the safety and security of all elements of the site and has more than 40 years’ experience in ensuring the safety of major energy sites such as Teeside Power Station. More about the Halite Energy Group Project Team.

The safety record in the UK and worldwide for salt cavern storage is extremely good, underlined by the fact that there has never been a recorded incident at UK facility where gas is stored underground in salt.

Our proposed work has been verified by one of the leading European experts in salt mechanics, Professor R.B. Rokahr, who has stated: “On the strength of my 30 years’ experience in salt mechanics and salt cavern construction, I can confirm that stable gas-tight salt caverns can be constructed in the Preesall salt formation for the storage of natural gas.”

The Health & Safety Executive (independent Government regulator) recognises storage in salt caverns as a secure and environmentally sound way to store gas. Halite Energy will strictly adhere to a comprehensive regulatory framework covering the safety of gas storage sites. The HSE is the statutory body which ensures compliance and we will be working closely with them to gain their approval and monitor the construction and ongoing operation of the Project. To find out what the HSE say about safety and salt caverns click here

We must also comply with the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations (COMAH) and Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995 (BSO).

The pipelines to and from the gas storage site are regulated by the Pipelines Safety Regulations 1996.

During our public consultation, members of the public asked us their questions about the safety of the site, a number of which are answered on our Your Questions Answered page.

Gas storage in salt caverns is a mature industry with an unblemished safety record: there has never been a recorded failure of natural gas escaping from caverns in the UK