Statoil and Scottish and Southern Energy have acquired land adjacent to the existing Aldbrough site that is currently under development. Consent will be sought from the local authorities in the UK to develop a further nine gas storage caverns, which would approximately double the amount of gas that can be stored.

The extension will largely be underground, and the intention is to use above-ground facilities already on site. However, some limited additional above-ground development will be required.

The two companies said that construction of the extension to the Aldbrough facility will help to ensure that the UK can meet its gas demand during periods of high energy usage.