Hankinson EPIC have been involved in the Stublach Gas Storage Project which is a salt cavern storage facility currently under development in Northwich, Cheshire. The £350m facility will be one of the largest in the UK, with a total storage capacity of 400 million cubic metres of natural gas. The project includes the creation of 28 caverns at a depth of 600m in three phases between 2013 and 2018. The facility is expected to be fully operational by 2018.
Storengy, a unit of GDF Suez, is executing the project. The facility is expected to provide security of natural gas supply to the UK.
Hankinson EPIC blasted the pipework and applied a 3 coat paint system in the Ellesmere Port factory. The pipework was then sent to site and after pressure testing and it being erected, any damage to welds etc was touched up.
“Hankinson EPIC were sub-contracting for a mechanical contractor Bilfinger on the project. All the wellheads are now mechanically complete and I would like you to pass my thanks to your three painters Paul Dodd, Alan Dodd and Barry Dodd we had on the wellheads for working safely and producing a first class job. They just got on with it with no problems all the time they were here.” - Bob Tidmarsh, Construction Superintendent