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 follows the preferred corridor and has been developed by reviewing the available local technical data. It is an early view of where we might seek to install the pipeline and may be subject to change before we consult on our preferred route in autumn 2018.
The project team values the important contribution that national and local stakeholders can make to the development process, and we expect to engage stakeholders during each stage of the project.
In autumn 2018, we will publish and consult on the preferred route. This will provide an opportunity for anyone who wishes to take part to comment on the project. This consultation will include:
- The preferred route of replacement pipeline
- The location of permanent above ground infrastructure such as isolation valves, inspection (pigging) stations and corrosion protection cabinets
- A preliminary view on potential environmental impacts
- Preliminary mitigation plans and installation plans
The preferred route will be subject to change as we receive responses to the consultation, and we will then submit our formal application for permission to install the replacement pipeline. The permission is called a Development Consent Order (often referred to as a ‘DCO’) an approval for this will be a decision for the Secretary of State of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
For those who may be affected by the initial working route, we will be in touch via our land agent team, Fisher German LLP, to provide updates on the project.