The North Sea Transition Authority (NSTA) has today (21 July) awarded a gas storage licence to Centrica offshore UK Ltd (COUK) for the Rough site off the East Coast of England in the Southern North Sea.

The award of a licence allows COUK to progress with seeking the further regulatory approvals required before gas storage operations can commence, including further approvals required from the NSTA.

The application was received on 8 June and, after no further applications for the area were received by the deadline of 22 June, the NSTA after conducting its review, has awarded the licence to COUK.