AMEC Wins Contract for New Gas Storage Plant & Pipeline

AMEC has won a £50 million contract from Star Energy HG Gas Storage Ltd to develop and construction manage a gas storage plant and pipeline at Humbly Grove, Hampshire, UK.

The contract follows its successful completion of the front-end engineering and design for the project and its work in supporting planning approval.

"We are delighted to have been selected by Star Energy for this major gas storage and pipeline development," said Neil Bruce, Managing Director of AMEC's Oil and Gas Division. " Added to our upstream and downstream oil and gas services, it demonstrates the breadth and flexibility of our capability in support of the energy industries."

AMEC will also install a new electricity generating turbine to supply power to the new facility, which will enable Star Energy to compress gas supplied from the National Transmission System and store it, for future use at the existing Humbly Grove oil field. After storage, the gas will be treated to remove impurities such as water and liquid hydrocarbons.

An underground pipeline will run 27 kilometers from the Humbly Grove facility to Barton Stacey where it will connect to the Transco National Transmission System. The route has been selected to minimise environmental impact.

The pipeline has been approved by the Department of Trade and Industry, having undergone thorough environmental and archaeological investigations and consultation with landowners, residents and local authorities. During construction, AMEC will ensure that all work meets strict national and local environmental regulations.

Construction work on the project is scheduled to begin in June 2004 and is due for completion in October 2005.