Esso Petroleum Company, Limited (Esso) has finished a consultation process that seeks your ideas and opinions about corridor options for a replacement underground fuel pipeline.

In December 2017, we began to talk publicly about our intention to replace 90km of our 105km aviation fuel pipeline that runs from our Fawley Refinery near Southampton, to our West London Terminal storage facility in Hounslow. Completed in 1972, it initially carried a type of oil used for large industrial sites and oil-fired power stations. Since the 1980s it has been used to supply aviation fuel to some of the UK’s busiest airports. We are now looking to update this key piece of infrastructure to maintain supply of aviation fuel for years to come.

We have already replaced 10km of pipeline between Hamble and Boorley Green in Hampshire. We now want to replace the 90km of pipeline between Boorley Green and our West London Terminal storage facility.

Since the existing pipeline was built, Hampshire and Surrey have changed dramatically and protected sites such as The South Downs National Park have been established. We need to identify a route for the replacement pipeline that will minimise interruption on local communities, but also have better environmental outcomes versus the other options considered.

Our consultation on six corridor options for the replacement pipeline has closed and we are now considering the responses that we have received to determine the preferred corridor.