Rough Hydrogen Storage

Centrica’s redevelopment of Rough would provide 10 TWh of hydrogen storage capacity to UK infrastructure and is the least-cost option to meet the UK's hydrogen storage demand.

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As the remaining gas in the Rough reservoir nears economic depletion, alternative uses for the unique facility have been investigated by Centrica Storage Limited (CSL). Given the UK Government's target to transition to net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, CSL has identified that the Rough field could provide a vital component in the UK's hydrogen infrastructure. Re-purposing Rough, an existing depleted gas field that historically has operated as the UK’s largest proven natural gas storage facility, is expected to be the most cost-efficient option to meet the long-term need for hydrogen storage.

Rough’s unique geological and geographical advantages position it well to support a growing hydrogen economy and have no insurmountable technical barriers to conversion to hydrogen storage. The successful redevelopment could offer a phased capacity build up to 10 TWh of storage to UK infrastructure.


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