Our application is now being examined by the Planning Inspectorate

We (Esso Petroleum Company, Limited) launched our Southampton to London Pipeline Project late in 2017. The project proposes to replace 90km of our 105km underground aviation fuel pipeline that runs from our Fawley Refinery near Southampton, to our West London Terminal storage facility in Hounslow.

  • This is a replacement for the existing aviation fuel pipeline, which has been in place since 1972.
  • Pipelines are a safe, secure and low impact method of transporting fuel to some of the UK’s busiest airports.
  • Once installed, the replacement pipeline will be buried and will be a quiet neighbour.

Feedback from the 1,400+ people who took part in our three consultations, plus our ongoing meetings and conversations with local organisations and landowners, helped us to confirm our final route for the replacement pipeline. You can view the final route on our interactive map.

Following the final route announcement, we submitted our application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate in May 2019 and it was accepted for examination in June 2019. The examination, undertaken by the Examining Authority on behalf of the Planning Inspectorate, started on 9 October 2019.

We have been consulting on reducing the number and size of the temporary logistics hubs proposed in our application for development consent. The route of the replacement pipeline was not affected by these proposals.

Further details on the proposed changes can be found on our consultation page.

Interactive map