Point of Ayr Gas Terminal

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Point of Ayr Gas Terminal
Point of Ayr Gas Terminal, Talacre.jpg
Point of Ayr Gas Terminal is located in Wales
Point of Ayr Gas Terminal
Location within Wales
Alternative names Point of Ayr
General information
Type Gas terminal
Location Station Road, Talacre, Llanasa, Flintshire, CH8 9RD
Coordinates 53°20′57″N 3°19′19″W / 53.34909°N 3.32203°W / 53.34909; -3.32203
Completed 1995
Owner BHP Petroleum Great Britain plc
Technical details
Floor area 95 acres (380,000 m2)

The Point of Ayr Gas Terminal is a gas terminal situated on the Point of Ayr in Flintshire, Wales. It takes gas from BHP's Liverpool Bay Development.


The site is owned by BHP Billiton. It is built near a former colliery, which closed in August 1996. Approval for the site was given in February 1993, to be constructed by Hamilton Oil (of Denver, USA). BHP bought Hamilton Oil in 1991. The amount of gas to be brought onshore would be enough to provide electricity for half of Wales. Construction took place in 1994.

The gas comes from the Triassic Ormskirk Sandstone Formation.


It is situated just off the A548, next to the North Wales Coast Line and run by BHP. BHP Billiton Petroleum Ltd has offices at Llaneurgain House at Northop Country Park. The nearest town is Prestatyn, to the west. All the gas is piped to Connah's Quay Power Station.

In the series of fields, the Douglas field is only an oil field.

Douglas Complex[edit]

The Douglas Complex is 15 miles (24 km) from the Welsh coast. It is powered by two 42MW gas turbines. Gas is part-processed at the complex.

Gas fields[edit]

These were previously owned by BHP Petroleum Great Britain plc, LASMO (ULX) Ltd and a small amount by Centrica. The Centrica share is now owned by Eni UK Ltd, and the Lasmo share is now owned by Eni ULX Ltd.


Discovered in June 1990. Production started in February 1997.

Hamilton North[edit]

Discovered in May 1991. Production started in December 1995.

Hamilton East[edit]

Discovered in December 1993.


Discovered in July 1992. Production started in February 1996. Also an oil field. Situated just off Southport.

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