Welcome to the community consultation website for Project-CAES Larne, NI, the Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Project that Gaelectric Energy Storage is seeking to develop on the peninsula of Islandmagee in Northern Ireland.

Here you can learn about Project-CAES Larne, NI, get information about the Project and keep abreast of Project updates as they occur. The Planning Application and Environmental Impact Statement have now been submitted to Strategic Planning Division and is available at Strategic Planning Division, 5th Floor, Causeway Exchange, 1–7 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG and online at http://epicpublic.planningni.gov.uk/publicaccess/. The reference number is LA02/2016/0006/F.

You can also submit questions about Project-CAES Larne, NI, or make contact with the Project Team on any specific questions or information you may wish to bring to the attention of the Team.

Consultation with local communities and stakeholders is at the heart of modern planning approval processes as set out in the Planning Act (NI) 2011 and the Planning (Development Management) Regulations 2015. It is also a specific obligation for certain major developments to consult with statutory consultees (i.e. planning authorities, environmental agencies, local authorities) and to hold at least one consultation with local communities in the vicinity of such projects.

Projects that have been designated as Projects of Common Interest (PCI) under the European Union Regulation 347/2013 on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure must also consult with communities. This Regulation contains Guidelines for Transparency and Public Participation for PCI projects, including the requirement for a dedicated project information website. These guides require that the project information website includes –

  1. An information leaflet on the project
  2. A non-technical summary of the project reflecting the current status of the project
  3. Information on project and public consultation planning including dates and locations for public consultaionts and hearings, and the envisaged subject matters relevant to those hearings
  4. Contact details in view of obtaining the full set of application documents
  5. Contact details in view of conveying comments and objections during public consultations

CAES technology allows energy to be stored in the form of compressed air in caverns created deep underground within suitable geological salt layers. Air is compressed using surplus power available on the electricity grid. This stored energy is then available to generate electricity to help meet demand for periods of up to 6 hours.


BBC Radio 4’s ‘Costing the Earth’ programme examined the role and importance of energy storage in their programme broadcast on 13 May 2014. This programme featured Project-CAES Larne, NI. You can listen back here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b042zsy5

Thank you for visiting and for your interest in Project-CAES Larne, NI.

The Project Team
Project-CAES Larne, NI