The company behind plans for a giant underground gas storage facility at Presall has quashed rumours that it's delaying the project by a year.
Halite Energy plans to construct 19 storage caverns with a 1.52 billion standard cubic metre capacity.
Campaigners are worried about proposals for a brine outflow pipe that's planned for off the coast at Fleetwood, fearing it could damage Morecambe Bay's ecosystem due to the fast tidal current (You can read more about their concerns here).
We've been in touch with the company directly today (Friday), which says it will start work on site "as planned" during the first quarter of this year.
Keith Budinger, chief executive of Halite Energy said: “As with every development project, there is a lot of pre-construction work including surveys, detailed design work and communication with regulators and partners to ensure the highest quality build process with minimum disruption to the local area.
“Halite Energy continues to undertake this pre-construction work with relevant parties and contractors will start on site as planned during the first quarter of this year.
“We are working with the appointed contractors and our team of experts to refine the construction schedule and will continue to share our progress via the community liaison panel (CLP).”
Detailed information on monitoring the brine discharge process can be found here.