The Easington Gas Terminal
is one of three main gas terminals in the UK, and is situated on the North Sea
coast at Easington, East Riding of Yorkshire
. The other two terminals are in Aberdeenshire
It opened in March 1967. This was the first time
that North Sea Gas had been brought ashore in the UK. The Dimlington site opened in October 1988. Since October 2006, gas has been brought into the UK direct from the Norwegian Sleipner gas field
via the Langeled pipeline
, the world's longest subsea pipeline owned by Gassco
which itself is owned by the Kingdom of Norway.
The sites are run by and the gas is produced by BP
, although gas is eventually transferred to a separate Centrica Storage
plant at Easington, who control the UK mainland gas network.
Centrica Rough Terminal and Langeled Receiving Facilities
The Langeled pipeline, which is controlled at the UK end by Centrica, can transfer up to 2500m cubic feet of gas per day from Nyhamna
in Norway. The Rough Field is a depleted offshore gas field that is used for storage by Centrica, and the Rough Terminal receives gas from the Amethyst gasfield
which was until 1988 owned by Britoil
The gas is collected from the Hyde, Hoton, Newsham and West Sole natural gas fields
. It can process up to 300m cubic feet of gas per day.
Dimlington is the larger site of the two. The natural gas condensate
is transferred to the Dimlington terminal. Dimlington also processes dry gas from the (former) Cleeton, Ravenspurn South, Ravenspurn North, Johnston, the Easington Catchment Area
(Neptune and Mercury), and the Juno development (Whittle, Wollaston, Minerva and Apollo) gas fields. The Dimlington site has the control room for all of BP's gas fields that ship gas to the Easington site. Dimlington can handle up to 950m cubic feet of gas per day.
All three sites are a considerable fire hazard, so both have large water reservoirs for fire fighting containing about one million and three million litres of water each.
Close to the north is the Out Newton wind farm