The Rough storage site will not be available for injections until at least the 1st of July, Centrica has confirmed.
Rough, the UK’s largest natural gas storage site will not be available to receive any injections until at least the 1st of July 2017. The facility will remain offline due to ongoing tests on its wells, with analysis of the work also slowing down its return. This was confirmed by the site’s operators Centrica Storage limited (CSL) this morning (Thursday 16th February).
In a statement the firm said: "CSL has concluded that the uncertainties associated with the differing failure modes, plus the age and condition of the assets, means CSL cannot offer injection services for the storage season 2017/18 at the present time."
The firm expects that the testing programme will be completed by 30th April and analysis of the findings will take place until 30th June; CSL added that it "will provide a further update to the market at that time".
The results of the well testing will be analysed to determine whether additional work needs to be done before the storage facility can be restarted and begin receiving injections.
Although it would not be possible to inject gas, CSL reiterated that the Rough site would be available for production services during this period.