Energy companies, SSE Hornsea and Statoil UK have announced IT investment to manage the commercial operations of the Aldbrough underground gas storage facility.

The IT system will provide the joint venture companies with a comprehensive platform to schedule the flow of requested gas between the National Transmission System and Aldbrough. The LogicaCMG Prodis system will also manage available facility capacity and account for the costs associated with the physical movement of gas.

The government's recent Energy Review stated: "As the production of our indigenous supply of gas continues to decline…there is an increasing need for gas supply infrastructure such as gas storage."

The Aldbrough facility will be the UK's largest onshore gas storage site and will provide increased security of gas supply to the UK. Construction is currently being undertaken by SSEHL who will also operate the East Yorkshire facility. Prodis will manage the critical commercial processes under which the storage facility will operate in the UK marketplace.

SSEHL and STUK expect that the rapid deployment of Prodis will help guarantee successful delivery for facility operations in Spring 2007.

Duncan Williams, SSE Hornsea commercial operations manager said: "We were looking for a solution that was fit for purpose, based on a proven product, deliverable on time and at the best possible price. After evaluating a number of options, we chose the Prodis solution."