Spirit extending lifespan of Morecambe Bay gas fields

Feb. 16, 2024
Centrica provides project updates on the Morecambe Bay gas fields offshore England and the Rough gas storage platform in the North Sea.

Offshore staff

WINDSOR, UKSpirit Energy now expects to sustain production from the Morecambe Bay gas fields in the East Irish Sea off northwest England into the 2030s, owner Centrica said in a results statement.

Previous projections had been that production would cease around the middle of the current decade.

In the southern UK North Sea, Centrica doubled capacity at the re-opened Rough gas storage platform to 54 Bcf last June 2023, and it is working on plans to increase capacity further.

Ultimately, the company aims to convert Rough to a hydrogen storage facility, although any associated investment would be subject to an appropriate regulatory support mechanism.