LONDON -- Centrica has submitted a plan to convert the Bains gas field, in the East Irish Sea.
If the proposed development progresses, the facility could be available to come online for gas production and injection in the winter of 2012, with a storage capacity of up to 20 bcf, the company says.
The Bains project proposes to convert the existing partly depleted Bains field, 5 mi (8 km) north east of Centrica's South Morecambe field, into a storage facility with a dedicated 20-mi (32-km) pipeline to the Barrow onshore terminal. The project would require a new unmanned platform and additional gas processing facilities within the existing South Morecambe terminal. Reservoir characteristics of the existing Bains field indicate a storage facility could offer significant flexibility to inject and produce gas at short notice, the company says.