Posted on Monday 1 April 2019 by Ulster Business

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A proposed £400m natural gas storage facility in Co Antrim has taken a step forward after an engineering design firm was appointed to the scheme, it has been revealed.

InfraStrata wants to build the facility at Islandmagee. It was awarded planning permission for the development back in 2010.

It has now appointed UK firm Costain to undertake an engineering design works contract.

“These works were identified as one of the next steps for the project as announced with the recent fundraising on January 24, 2019,” the firm said.

The scheme has received some backlash from residents and political representatives, including Alliance MLA Stewart Dickson.

The new contract covers 16 work areas to “refine the engineering design of the project”. Work is due to be undertaken before the end of the first half of this year.

John Wood, chief executive, said: “As part of the FEED (front end engineering and design) package we worked very closely with Costain to identify areas where further savings could be found.

“It is good to have this workstream underway presently in order to facilitate its completion prior to our proposed FID later in the year.

“We have built up a good working relationship with Costain which will enable timely completion of these works.”

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