Flogas Avonmouth LPG Storage Terminal
Welcome to our dedicated project website for the Avonmouth LPG Storage Terminal
This site provides an overview of what we are doing at Avonmouth and how to keep in touch with the project team.
One of our most demanding challenges is the energy transition – shifting away from fossil fuels and supporting customers in their journey to net zero carbon. We are working with refineries, technologists, customers, and business partners to develop alternative fuels for the future, including ammonia, hydrogen, and renewable di-methyl ether. These are long term prospects in many cases, but in the meantime, we are continuing to deliver supplies of biopropane for customers. There is no single answer to the complex challenge of moving away from fossil fuels, but we are taking action, and eager to be an integral part of the solution.
However, as we transition, Liquid Gas has a vital role to play as the UK strives to achieve net zero by switching off-grid businesses and homes from higher carbon fossil fuels such as oil to Liquid Gas, which can provide carbon savings of up to 20%*. As well as having a lower carbon footprint in comparison to oil, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) offers a major reduction in NOx and SO2 emissions and emits almost zero particulate matter — a major contributor to air pollution. Read more about our plans in our 2021 Sustainability report
Our Avonmouth storage terminal has an important role to play in decarbonising off-grid Britain. The facility provides security of supply during the short-term transition from oil to gas while opening up a potential global supply of renewable fuels in the UK in the future through the proposed underground pipeline linking to the storage terminal.
We plan to build an underground pipeline linking the storage terminal in Avonmouth to Bristol Port to diversify our supply routes and ensure greater security of supply. Every 100,000 tonnes of LPG imported through the pipeline which displaces oil use would reduce CO2 emissions by 72,700 tonnes a year. The pipeline would also eliminate the number of HGV road travel each year to fill the facility, with one ship able to do the job of 900 trucks.
The Avonmouth site neighbours an established industrial estate of warehouses and logistics buildings. The site will be filled using Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs), however we do not expect this to have a significant impact on traffic in the surrounding Avonmouth area.
We have traffic management plans in place to ensure that our vehicles use major routes including the new M49 Junction in Avonmouth, resulting in minimal day-to-day impact on local roads.
The tanks will be emptied, checked and converted to be compatible with LPG and the latest technology. The tanks will then be refilled with LPG – providing a strategic store that can be topped up during the warmer months when LPG is traditionally manufactured and used to keep supplies going during the winter when it is most needed.
Bringing the facility back into use will provide a boost to the local economy, offering jobs to the neighbouring communities during conversion and the life of the terminal. The site has historically provided a base for training, developing and supporting highly-skilled engineering staff and we expect this to continue.
This is likely to create around 40 new jobs in the area, most of which will be specialist STEM jobs. Given the relatively remote location, it is likely that many of those who work at the site will live in the local (e.g. South Gloucestershire/Bristol) area.
For off-gas grid homes and businesses, LPG is the lowest carbon conventional energy source that is readily available in the UK today.
One of LPG’s greatest strengths is its versatility, as it can be used for many applications such as domestic heating and cooking, commercial heat and power, industrial heating and portable uses.
The Avonmouth facility is also “bio-ready.” BioLPG is a renewable gas, made from sources such as waste, sewage and energy crops and is also chemically identical to LPG. BioLPG can be ‘dropped in’ to the existing LPG network.
By 2040, we endeavour to provide our customers with 100% renewable energy solutions. This in turn will help local people we supply to reduce their own carbon emissions and play their part in tackling climate change.
You can find out more about our decarbonisation ambition in our 2040 Vision.
The Avonmouth facility has operated safely for over 40 years and has previously stored a very similar product, liquefied natural gas (LNG).
Safety is a core value at Flogas and our SAFETY F1RST programme and rigorous safety management processes are in place to ensure our customers, colleagues and the wider public always stay protected.
LPG is a very safe product when stored and used correctly. We adhere to a strict standard of safety at all times including site security, safe systems of work, emergency procedures, workplace transport and waste management.
The majority of this equipment is no longer required and will be removed when the Avonmouth site is converted.
We have submitted planning applications for the pipeline to Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council. An overview of the planning application is available here and you can view the formal applications here.