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Gas terminal scheme inquiry held
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Plans to redevelop Canvey Island Gas Terminal have gone on display
Plans to redevelop a gas terminal in Essex have gone on display as part of a public inquiry into the scheme.

The project to alter Canvey Island gas terminal to store and import Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by owner Calor was turned down by Castle Point Council.

The plans were rejected in September amid the council's concerns importing LNG could be dangerous.

A government planning inspector is considering an appeal. The public inquiry is being held on Canvey Island.

The terminal is currently used for storing liquefied petroleum gas.

'Vigorously opposed'

Pam Challis, council leader, said: "We felt it was important for the inquiry to be held on Canvey Island, because residents there would be most affected by any changes to the Calor site.

"We will continue to vigorously oppose these proposals. We will also be working closely with our partners and seeking their support through the appeal process.

"This is a strategic matter, which affects areas far beyond Castle Point. What happens at the Calor site will impact on the regeneration plans for the whole south Essex area."

The consortium behind the LNG project said an appeal was lodged after research showed a requirement nationally for diverse sources of gas imports.

The UK is due to become 50% reliant on imports by 2010.

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