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EDF Secures Exclusive Access to U.K. Hill Top Farm Gas Storage

July 06, 2012

Electricite de France SA said after talks with Britain’s energy regulator it secured exclusive rights to use the Hill Top Farm natural-gas storage site in the U.K. when it starts this year.

Operations at the 234 gigawatt-hour facility in Cheshire, northwest England, are currently suspended for further commissioning after use last winter, EDF said in an e-mailed statement. Two caverns will be in use by the end of the year.

The site will have 10 underground gas-storage caverns when completed in 2017 with a storage capacity of 1,070 gigawatt- hours. That’s about 100 million cubic meters of gas, or a quarter of peak winter daily demand in Britain.

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