The project so far

We have been following a clear process to develop our proposals for the replacement pipeline:

  • In December 2017 we launched the Southampton to London Pipeline Project. A total of 17 corridors were developed initially, and six were then shortlisted: three in the south and three in the north.
  • In March/April 2018, we ran a consultation where we asked for your views on the pipeline corridors.
  • In May 2018, following an in-depth analysis of the work done to date, as well as your feedback, we selected corridors G and J to take to the next stage. When combined, these formed the single preferred corridor.
  • In June 2018, we released an initial working route that followed the preferred corridor and was developed by reviewing the available local technical data. It was an early view of where we might seek to install the pipeline.
  • In September/October 2018, we ran a consultation where we asked for your views on a preferred route and sub-options along the preferred route. This consultation also included an early indication of potential environmental impacts and mitigations.
  • In January/February 2019 we are running a consultation to seek your views on design refinements that may have different potential impacts for landowners, the environment and communities than our previous proposals.
  • Following this consultation, we hope to submit a final route as part of our application for development consent in spring 2019. Details of our final route for submission will be shared via the project website before we submit our application for development consent.

It is important to note that the  preferred route may be subject to change following the preferred route consultation and prior to submitting our formal application for permission to install the replacement pipeline.

The permission is called a Development Consent Order (often referred to as a ‘DCO’).  Approval for this would be a decision for the Secretary of State of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.  If we are granted consent, the earliest that we would look to start installation of the replacement pipeline is 2021.

For those who may be affected by the preferred route, our land agent team, Fisher German LLP will be in touch to provide project updates and key information as the project progresses.