A multi million pound project to unlock new gas reserves beneath Morecambe Bay’s waters will create 80 offshore jobs, an energy company has said.
Offshore work by Centrica Energy to tap into new reserves in the North Morecambe field will start this month, unlocking up to an additional 8.8 billion cubic feet of gas – enough to heat nearly 200,000 UK homes for a year.
It will also take Centrica's investment in the region past the £100million mark.
The £16 million project involves installing new equipment on the North Morecambe platform, which will use the high pressure of the nearby Rhyl field to boost the pressure and production from the wells in the North Morecambe field.
Andy Bevington, Director of UK Operated Assets for Centrica Energy, said: “We have been producing gas from Morecambe Bay for three decades, and we want to continue our operations in the region into the 2020s and beyond.
“Fresh investment in innovative technology like the North Morecambe Project will breathe new life into one of the most important hubs in our business.”