We have confirmed our final route for the replacement underground pipeline

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 completed preparation of the documents to support our formal application for permission to install the replacement pipeline, known as a Development Consent Order (DCO), and submitted our application to the Planning Inspectorate on 14 May 2019. Our application was accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate on 11 June 2019.

If you wish to express your views on our application and take part in its examination, then you need to register with the Planning Inspectorate between 26 June 2019 and 23:59 on 27 July 2019. To find out more, please visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website here.


Interactive map