The Caythorpe generating site, located near Bridlington in East Yorkshire, commenced operations in December 1997, utilising gas from the underlying Caythorpe gas field.
The field produced from two formations, one of which was hydraulically fractured. The operation was purchased by Warwick Energy in 2001. A total of 9 MW of power was generated from three Wartsila reciprocating gas engines, for supply to the local electricity network.
As gas production declined, Warwick Energy realised that its gas field had significant potential because of its size, flow capacity, and location to be re-developed to become an important gas storage asset for the UK.
Planning and other necessary consents, including environmental consents, were sought and granted for this redevelopment before Warwick Energy sold the project to Centrica Storage Limited in September 2007.