National Geological Screening for a GDF - Northern England region
The screening report hosted on this site is a technical exercise across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. No specific location in England, Wales or Northern Ireland has been identified as a potential GDF site. Any future decision on geological disposal would be subject to community agreement and planning and environmental consents.
Our work shows that we may find a suitable geological setting for a GDF in most of this subregion.
Rock can be seen at the surface at some places in this subregion such as the sea cliffs in the east, inland cliffs in the Cheviot Hills and in man-made excavations such as quarries or road cuttings. Combined with some deep boreholes and geophysical investigations, this gives us an understanding of the rocks present and their distribution.
There are granites, volcanic lavas and similar strong rocks under most of the subregion, in which we may be able to site a GDF. We would need to do more work to find out whether these rocks have suitable properties and thicknesses in the depth range of interest for a GDF.
For further information, read the report below.
We have also produced a summary of the geological attributes of the Northern England Region.