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Investigations under Cliffe Marshes

There are plans to investigate the geology 10,000' under the Cliffe Marshes and across the Thames towards Tilbury. There is a geological feature called an Anticline that could possibly be used for hydrogen storage - topped up overnight and used to generate carbon-free electricity when needed during the day.

There are plans to carry out some 'percussion' tests on a few sites on the Cliffe Marshes in September/October 2022. This involves a small tractor vehicle that hits the ground and records the echo. This is not an intrusive exercise and people may not even know it is happening, but this is to inform residents, just in case they come across the works.

When the results have been analysed there will be further discussions with the parish council, and others, on the future viability of the project. Available information is that this would have very little impact on the area, but if the project is progressed the parish council are placed to keep residents informed and take action if necessary to protect them. RSPB, Bretts and the Port of London Authority are aware of the investigation.

The company investigating the project have been in contact with the parish council on their plans and progress and has promised to continue this as necessary over the coming months, and possibly years, if it does continue.

Details of the company are available on About Us | Distributed Energy | Flexible Infrastructure - Statera Energy They were founded in 2015 "with the aim of delivering increased flexibility for the UK electricity system to assist in the transition to a low carbon economy in the belief that renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, will become the dominant form of generation of the future".