400 contracting jobs in the pipeline as River Humber gas project gets go-ahead

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 25 Oct 2016

PRELIMINARY work has started on a new £150 million high-pressure gas pipeline that will cross beneath the River Humber, after Government granted permission for the project.

The work, which involves a large degree of engineering innovation from specialist contractors appointed by the National Grid, is expected to create 400 construction jobs over the next three years.

A development consent order has been granted to National Grid to build a new tunnel under the River Humber and replace the existing high pressure gas pipeline.

The tunnelling work will start early in the new year.

The new pipeline will stretch 3.3 miles from Goxhill, North Lincolnshire, to Paull, near Hull.

Steve Ellison, National Grid's project manager, said: "This is great news for the project and is the result of years of consultation with the local community and stakeholders.

"By replacing the pipeline National Grid will continue to deliver a safe and reliable gas network for the UK.

"We would like to thank everyone who took part in the local consultations about our plans which helped shape the proposal."

The River Humber pipeline is part of the national transmission system – connecting the import terminal at Easington, on the East Yorkshire coast, to the wider network and delivering gas to millions of customers throughout the United Kingdom.

Over time the tidal patterns of the River Humber have eroded the river bed, covering the existing pipeline and leading to parts of it being at risk of being exposed.

An innovative short-term engineering solution to protect the pipeline by covering exposed areas was put in place during 2010.

As reported, it will be delivered via an international joint venture between engineering specialists Skanska, PORR Bau GmbH and A.Hak.

Phil Croft, National Grid’s senior project manager, said: “This pipeline will be the longest gas pipeline in a tunnel, inserted in a single string in the world.  To do this we need partners with experience and a proven track record. Skanska, PORR and A.Hak were able to demonstrate their expertise and knowledge throughout the tender process, giving us the confidence that this was the right company to build this tunnel and pipeline in such an environmentally sensitive and commercially busy river.” 

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