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Hatton Project gas upgrade

New Essential Infrastructure

Hatton Gas Compressor Station Upgrade

East Midlands

National Grid plans to install a new compressor to replace two of the existing four compressors, in a currently unused part of our existing site at Hatton in Lincolnshire.

About the Hatton Gas Compressor Upgrade

The two compressors we are replacing will be decommissioned and removed at a later date and will not continue to run. 

To create the space we need, we’ll be clearing an area of vegetation ensuring we only remove what is needed. This will be done under the guidance of an ecologist and we’ll leave a screen of trees and bushes in place between the new compressor and the site boundary.

We’ll then build the new gas compressor which has an exhaust stack that is 25m high, 5m higher than the existing compressors and will be surrounded by a noise enclosure building to minimise noise levels.

We’ll plan our work carefully to reduce any impacts on the local community and environment. During the work, our community relations team will be available to answer any questions.


What is happening now?

Although Ofgem have approved the new compressor, East Lindsey District Council will need to grant National Grid planning permission to do the work. Following the consultation we carried out with our site neighbours and the local community we have now submitted this application. It includes  comprehensive environmental and design assessments, which look at landscape, views, noise, air quality, historic environment, ecology, water environment and transport.

You can view the application on the Council’s website. If you have any questions about our planning application please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

If the planning application is granted, we are expecting to start work on site by late summer/early autumn 2021 when we will be removing some vegetation. We then expect, construction to start in March 2022 and for the site to be operational by December 2023.

What is a Gas compressor and why do we need it?

Gas compressors are part of our national gas transmission system which is important national infrastructure. They raise the pressure of the gas which is transported more efficiently around the country through the underground pipework, to where it is needed for use in our homes and businesses.

Some of the gas compressors at our site are more than 30 years old and National Grid must ensure the gas transmission network and equipment is kept updated and continues to operate reliably.

The new compressor will replace two of the existing four compressors helping us to run the system more efficiently and creating much lower emissions.

We have been working closely with Ofgem, our government regulator, and they have confirmed they support the need for this work.

Why are we still investing in gas?

We’re committed to reducing our own direct greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, in line with the UK’s overall target. Replacing older gas compressors is one part of how we can do this as older equipment is efficient with higher emissions.

Gas underpins the journey to net zero. It provides more than 80% of Britain’s homes and businesses with a secure and reliable source of heat and power. By delivering a reliable base to meet the nation’s energy demand, it enables increasing innovation and growth of cleaner, but more intermittent, renewable energy sources. 

Redressing the balance between the amount of greenhouse gas emissions we produce and the amount we remove from the atmosphere, won't happen overnight.

What is Net Zero?

Biodiversity and National Grid

National Grid is committed to deliver at least 10% Environmental Net Gain, meaning we will leave biodiversity, the natural environment and the benefits it provides e.g Carbon capture and storage, clean air, clean water, health and wellbeing benefits and more, in a better state than it was prior to our development.

To achieve this, we have completed a number of assessments to develop our understanding of the existing habitats within and surrounding our site that will be impacted by our development.

Based on those studies we will use the latest tools to develop ways to improve and enhance habitats and the local environment through our development 

We will work closely with East Lindsey District Council environmental team, Natural England and other organisations to develop, agree and deliver our improvements.

The Natural Environment

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