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Green light for Humber River gas project

Published: Thursday, 1st September 2016

£150m gas pipeline underneath the River Humber granted development consent by the Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark…

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark has approved the development consent order (DCO) for National Grid to build a new tunnel under the River Humber and replace the existing high pressure gas pipeline. 

Preliminary work has started on site and the tunnelling work is expected to get underway in earnest early in 2017. The new pipeline will be placed within a tunnel, underneath the River Humber, replacing the existing pipeline which lies on the riverbed.

The three-year project is estimated to cost around £150m. It will involve replacing the existing pipeline on the riverbed with a five kilometre tunnel underneath the river Humber, connecting into the above ground installations (AGIs) at Goxhill and Paull.

The River Humber pipeline is part of the national transmission system connecting the import terminal at Easington, on the East Yorkshire coast, to the wider network and delivering gas to millions of customers throughout the UK.

Over time, the tidal patterns of the River Humber have eroded the river bed covering the existing pipeline increasing the risk of parts being exposed.

Clark’s decision letter said there was a “compelling case for granting development consent given the national need for the proposed developments”.

The letter also said the scheme would not have significant impacts for the Humber Estuary Special Area of Conservation. In the case of the Humber Special Protection Area and Ramsar Site, Clark concluded that mitigation measures incorporated in the Order would ensure their integrity would be safeguarded.

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Roger Milne