Details of Offshore Gas Storage (UK) - natural gas storage leases


Dataset identification

Title of datasetOffshore Gas Storage (UK) - natural gas storage leases
Narrative summary of datasetThe Crown Estate manages the UK seabed out to the 12 nautical mile territorial sea limit and, under the 2008 Energy Act, hold the rights for gas storage within the Exclusive Economic Zone Order 2013, which extends out onto the Continental Shelf. This Order incorporated the Gas Importation and Storage Zone Order 2009, which was created by the 2008 Energy Act. Offshore natural gas storage has been taking place within UK waters, in the Rough field, since 1983. Developers of offshore projects need a storage licence (from BEIS) and a storage lease (from the Crown Estate), as set out in the 2008 Energy Act, which also explains which type of gas importation and storage projects fit into this description. Effectively the regulatory and proprietary roles are separated. This dataset shows gas storage leases given by The Crown Estate. At this stage there are three leases, Rough, Gateway and Larne Lough. Rough acts as a storage facility for gas shippers and suppliers, allowing them to feed gas into Transco's National Transmission System when demand is at its peak, or withdraw and re-inject it into the reservoir when demand is low. Any company with a UK gas shipper licence can apply to purchase storage capacity at Rough. Gateway and Larne Lough are salt caverns. This data has been checked with the lease areas held by DECC to ensure they match. The dataset also includes pipeline information. These TCE Agreements pipelines are related to the Natural Gas Storage sector in the United Kingdom waters. Attribute information includes name, tenant and pipeline type. The data source is the individual owner company of the infrastructure.
Supporting documentationThe dataset was created with input from Jason Golder - Development Manager (CCS & Gas Storage). The Rough gas storage area is owned by Centrica. Rough acts as a storage facility for gas shippers and suppliers, allowing them to feed gas into Transco
Start date2014-01-31
End date2017-03-30

Responsible organisations

CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation nameThe Crown Estate
Role of organisationDataset Holding Organisation
CountryUnited Kingdom
Organisation nameThe Crown Estate
Role of organisationOriginator of Dataset

Dataset availability

Original dataset download link
Date of original dataset publication2017-11-20
Dataset formatGeographic Information System
Public accessNo limitations
License for useCC BY-SA 4.0
Link to dataset after processing by data centre


Latitude north boundary55
Longitude east boundary2
Latitude south boundary52.5
Longitude west boundary-6
Coordinate reference systemWorld Geodetic System 84
Sea areaNorth Sea
Irish Sea

Data types, collection and processing

Observation typeEnergy
ParameterNatural gas storage site location

Process information

Submitting organisationBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Submission identifier (UUID)a8726de7-d315-406e-b123-0bfd4a597475
Date of dataset creation2017-03-30
Date of metadata creation2017-10-09
Date of metadata latest revision2017-11-20
Date of publishing2017-11-20
Date of processed dataset publication2020-12-14
Processing data centreCOGEA SRL, Business Management Consultants
Summary record-ID31