BRITISH Salt has been given permission to store natural gas in Middlewich’s salt cavities.
The Cledford Lane industry giant has been granted ‘Hazardous Substance Consent’ by Cheshire County Council’s Development Regulatory Committee, subject to technical conditions.
The committee approved a planning application back in April for the scheme involving the storage and processing of natural gas at British Salt’s Warmingham brine field and at its processing plant in Cledford.
Eleven new cavities will be created at Warmingham as a result of continued salt extraction, and together with the existing 10 cavities, will eventually be used to store natural gas.
Development Regulatory Committee chairman Barrie Hardern said: “The Hazardous Substance Consent is another piece in the jigsaw. The consent is needed because the quantities of gas involved far exceed hazardous substance threshold levels, and we granted the consent as advised by the Health and Safety Executive, experts in such matters.”