gas

Our Gas Experience

We’re planning and environmental law experts. We advise on all aspects of European and UK law and policy in respect of gas storage, transport and generation projects. We have a long history of successful involvement in the gas industry, having provided legal services for more than a decade. 

Our gas industry experience includes:

  • Preparing an application for development consent for a nationally significant underground gas storage facility
  • Achieving planning permission for nationally important underground gas storage facilities
  • Advising on CCGT generation stations
  • Achieving hazardous substances consents for gas storage projects
  • Negotiating connection agreements and other land options with the National Grid

The gas market and our clients 

We have extensive experience of making our clients’ gas storage and generation projects a reality. We have worked on the following projects:

  • INEOS Enterprises, gas storage facility, Holford, Cheshire
  • Scottish Power, gas storage facility, Byley, Cheshire
  • Scottish Power, extension to an 800MW CCGT station, Kent
  • INEOS Enterprises, gas storage facility, Stublach, Cheshire
  • Blythe Park Power, 750MW CCGT generating station, Staffordshire

Why our work is important 

Now that gas production is in decline across Europe, security of supply is very much in the mind of the UK Government. Governments across Europe consider gas storage facilities as a way of providing much needed strategic reserves. For our clients, this opens up commercial opportunities to build facilities to store gas during the summer when there is a lower demand and then to sell on the gas in the winter at higher prices. It also opens up the opportunity to build new generating stations to boost the production of gas in the UK and ensure there is a constant supply of gas to meet demand. We are keen to help clients undertake new fracking projects, recognising this as an excellent resolution to UK gas supply problems. 

Our work helps make these projects a reality.

Case studies and contact details 

To find out more about our leading gas experience, you may either download our Gas Capability Statement, or view our Gas Case Studies.  For a confidential discussion please telephone 01789 413 949 to speak to Paul Zyda, Principal (email: paulzyda@zydalaw.com).

CCGT
Underground Gas Storage
Fracking
Hazardous Substances
  • CCGT

    As a practice, we specialise in energy developments and have advised two major clients on applications for planning permission for Combined Cycle Gas Turbines in the UK. For these clients, we initially appraised the planning proposals and identified the optimum consenting framework. We managed multi-disciplinary teams to produce the necessary application documents.

    We continually review the Government’s energy and general planning policy position. With our clients’ projects in mind, we address strategic issues and material considerations. We quickly identify any issues and offer clients our constructive recommendations. 

    We’re recognised leaders in the field of nationally significant infrastructure projects, and have an enviable (100%) record of success.

    If you are seeking development consent for a generating station, we can help you create and implement a legal strategy specifically designed to optimise your prospects for success.

  • Underground Gas Storage

    We’re very familiar with underground gas storage proposals, having acted successfully on two large scale proposals within the Cheshire salt basin.  We're currently in the process of preparing an application for development consent for a third underground gas storage facility in the same area.

    We led multi-disciplinary teams to produce detailed planning statements and environmental statements for underground gas storage proposals. Our proactive approach is instrumental in liaising with the local planning authority, statutory consultees and the public. As an example, for one underground gas storage facility, we secured agreement from the planning authority not to present evidence against our clients’ proposals at an inquiry. 

    We also helped our clients achieve hazardous substances consents and acted in the eventual sale of land to E.ON and Gaz de France. 

    If you’re considering assembling a team and seeking planning permission or development consent, our expertise will add value to your proposals and increase your prospects of success.

  • Fracking

    Our knowledge and experience of planning and environmental law in the Gas sector (coupled with our minerals exploration and exploitation experience) means that we are excellently placed to advise on planning and permitting for hydrocarbon fracking infrastructure. 

    We keep up to date with the latest developments in this growing sector and we always ensure that our clients are aware of their obligations.  Our knowledge of the sector goes beyond the DECC licensing process and extends to understanding your commercial needs.

    We are familiar with the relevant legislation in relation to fracking and have provided advice to our clients on:

    • Air Quality Regulations 2000
    • Borehole Sites and Operations Regulations 1995
    • Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010
    • Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999
    • Control of Pollution Act 1974
    • Energy Act 1976
    • Environmental Impact Assessment Regulations 2011
    • Environmental Permitting Regulations 2010
    • Environmental Protection Act 1990
    • Gas Act 1986
    • Petroleum Act 1998
    • Petroleum (Production) (Landward Areas) Regulations 1995
    • Pipe-line Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2000
    • Water Resources Act 1991 and 2009 Regulations
  • Hazardous substances consents

    We have secured hazardous substances consents for all our clients involved in the gas market.

    For one client, we also negotiated with local authorities on the exact nature of their 'bespoke' hazardous substance consents.

    We know that dealing with hazardous substances is an integral part of our clients’ work. We offer unrivalled experience in obtaining hazardous substances consents because we understand the legal framework in which they operate.