North West Wales

Liquid gas storage plan for Anglesey resurrected

Former Canatxx site at Great Lakes, Amlwch, Anglesey
Image caption The former chemical plant at Amlwch closed in 2005

A new bid has been made to resurrect plans for a liquid natural gas (LNG) storage plant at Amlwch on Anglesey.

Original plans for the former Great Lakes chemicals site were agreed in 2007 before American firm Canatxx abandoned them citing economic factors.

But consultancy firm Barton Willmore has now submitted a new request for the same site on behalf of Amlwch LNG.

Consultants say 300 jobs could be created during construction, with 60 permanent posts at the plant.

Under the proposals tankers would import liquid gas to a mooring set 1.8 miles (3km) off the Amlwch coast.

The LNG would then be carried by an undersea pipeline to the Great Lakes site where it would be converted back to natural gas and sent into the UK gas network.

"This is an important development in the future of the UK's gas supply which the county council has recognised there is a need for," said Adrian James, who leads the consultancy's energy team.

"It will also regenerate a site that has been vacant for over 10 years providing many construction jobs as well as many permanent, once the development has been completed."

The Great Lakes site has a long industrial history, previously being used to produce bromine from sea water by the company Associated Octel and then Great Lakes Chemicals. The plant closed in 2005.

The original planning application for a new LNG plant at Amlwch was agreed by council planners back in 2007, but never proceeded.

Barton Willmore said the new proposals would see several of the existing buildings on the site reused with landscaping and natural habits protected.

They added that they hoped the new plans would be considered by Anglesey council in June.

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