Islandmagee-1 well drilling in May 2015
(Photo taken by Tim Cully of InFOCUSNI)

Islandmagee Storage Limited (IMSL) was granted planning permission for the above ground facilities for a natural gas storage facility at Islandmagee, Co Antrim, in October 2012.

IMSL plans to create up to eight caverns, capable of storing up to a total of up to 500 million cubic metres of gas in Permian salt beds approximately 1,300 metres below Larne Lough. IMSL is an independent Northern Ireland registered company; a joint venture between a subsidiary of InfraStrata plc (90% shareholder) and Moyle Energy Investments Limited, part of the Mutual Energy group of companies (10% shareholder).

The Islandmagee-1 data gathering well was successfully drilled in May/June 2015. The well confirmed the feasibility of the project, by obtaining wireline data and core samples of the Permian salt to undertake laboratory analyses, including rock mechanical tests, to further define the design parameters and cost estimate. The well was drilled to a total depth of 1,753 metres and the well encountered 185.8 metres of Permian salt which was cored.

Islandmagee Storage Limited is a member of GSOG the representative body for the UK gas storage industry

The Front End Engineering & Design (FEED) and Insitu Downhole Testing programme for the Islandmagee gas storage project is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility.
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