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Natural gas to be extracted from Moors National Park
12:33pm Wednesday 23rd October 2013 in News
ABOUT 75,000 homes could be provided with natural gas extracted from the Ryedale area of the North York Moors National Park.
The news was revealed at a meeting of the park’s planning committee when Viking Gas UK was given permission to create a gas conditioning plant at Ebberston Moor and Lockton Compound, near Pickering.
Planning officer, Hilary Sanders, said the gas would be produced from an existing well site, which has been dormant for five years. In addition to the construction of a gas conditioning building, the scheme will include an administration building, and a connection to an existing gas pipeline, flare and storage tanks.
She said that natural gas in the geology of North Yorkshire had been discovered in the 1940s, with the Ebberston Moor gas field being located in 1966.
The long-term project would be to extract at Ebberston Moor and pipe the gas 10 miles to Knapton with the option of burning it to generate electricity or cleaning the gas, which would then be piped back along a pipeline to a connection at a gas grid near Thornton-le-Dale.
“The plant which is needed to condition the gas would be housed in an agricultural-style building,” said Mrs Sanders.
She said Viking Gas had said that that a gas conditioning plant would remove the hydrogen sulphide and water from the sour gas, turning it into “sweetgas” which would be fed into the national gas grid. Up to 15 million standard cubic feet a day of gas could be extracted – enough to serve the populations of both Scarborough and Whitby.
Paul Foster, the agent for Viking Gas, said the scheme was not fracking gas. He said the site was within a large commercial forestry operation. The burning of any gas on the site would be kept to a minimum.
The committee granted permission for the scheme for five years
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