Licensing for gas storage and unloading

Licensing for gas storage and unloading

gas storage tanks

The Energy Act 2008 provides for a licensing regime to govern the offshore storage and unloading of gas (natural gas consisting mainly of methane). The regime applies to storage and unloading within the offshore area that comprises both the UK territorial sea and the area extending beyond the sea designated as a gas importation and storage zone (GISZ) under section 1(5) of the act.

The Secretary of State for DECC is the licensing authority for offshore storage or unloading activities. In addition to applying for a licence, developers must obtain a grant of the appropriate rights from the Crown Estate.



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