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National Grid gas pipeline construction - Easington to Paull

Letter to all residents affected by this new development, 3rd March 2010.

In March 2010, National Grid will be laying a new 24km (16.4 miles) long,1220mm (48”) diameter high-pressure gas pipeline between the above ground installation at Paull and the gas terminal at Easington.

Prepartion work began near Paull in 2009.  The main construction will take place between March and September 2010.  The pipeline is needed to meet national energy demands and to ensure a safe and secure supply of gas for the nation.  The pipeline will be buried underground along its entire length.

To ensure this project is completed by the end of September 2010, we will be working Monday to Friday from 7:00a.m. To 7:00p.m., and most weekends.

At National Grid we are committed to keeping any disruption to an absolute minimum for the local community. Most of the work will be in fields and therefore away from properties and roads.  However, some residents might see a temporary increase in traffic as materials are delivered. The leaflet below is designed to give you background information about the work and we hope that it will answer any practical questions you may have.

It is important to emphasise that your gas supply will not be affected.  This work only involves the high-pressure gas transmission system and will not affect the lower-pressure gas pipes that feed homes and businesses locally.

If you have any queries or concerns regarding these works, please contact our community relations team on 0800 169 8801.  Our advisors will be happy to assist you any time between 9:00a.m. To 5:00p.m. Monday to Friday.

Philip Knipe, Project Manager, National Grid.

The Challenge

Demand for gas to power Britain’s businesses and homes is continuing to grow.  To meet this increasing demand and to maintain a safe and reliable supply, National Grid constantly reviews its high pressure pipeline network which makes up the National Transmission System (NTS).

The Solution

So that more gas can be distributed to East Yorkshire National Grid is constructing a new high pressure gas pipeline between the Easington coastal terminal and the above ground installation (AGI) at Paull (shown on the map below).  This will be a 24km (16.4 miles)long 1200mm (48”) diameter pipeline. When finished the pipeline will be buried underground along its entire length.

The route of the proposed pipeline has been chosen very carefully following extensive consultations with a wide variety of groups including environmentalists and archaeologists.

The Works

Site preparation works have already begun and the main construction work will be carried out between March and September 2010.

To allow safe construction of the new pipeline a temporary 43 metre (14ft) wide working area will be fenced off along the whole route.  A permanent ‘easement’, or right of way, 24.4 metres (80ft) wide, will give National Grid access to the pipeline route should it be needed.

The pipeline will be buried at a minimum depth of 1.2 metres (4ft) and go deeper where it passes under roads, rivers, ditches and utility services.

Before construction starts on any project such as this, a detailed condition assessment is undertaken which even includes taking photographs of the pipeline route before work begins.  This ensures that we can restore the land and vegetation, as soon as possible once the pipeline is in the ground, to the way it was originally.

A traffic management plan, to help minimise the effect of construction traffic on local roads and communities, has been developed and agreed with the local authorities, police and emergency services.

The proposed route of the Easington pipeline has been chosen very carefully following early consultations with key statutory bodies such as the Countryside Agency, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Trade and Industry, English Heritage, English Nature and the Environment Agency.

An extensive area between Easington terminal and the AGI at Paull was assessed to identify route corridor options for the pipeline.  A number of potential corridors were identified and investigated to enable us to obtain the relevant archaeological, ecological and environmental information needed.

Taking into account the proximity of residential areas, environmental impact, construction difficulties and ease of restoration, this preferred pipeline route emerged.

For more information.

We have set up a dedicated helpline to answer any queries you may have.  If you would like further information please call the National Grid community relations team on freephone 0800 169 8801 between the hours of 9:00a.m. To 5:p.m. Monday to Friday.

Your Questions Answered

How will the work affect me?

Construction of the pipeline should not affect you, as much of the work will take place in fields.  However, we will be in regular contact with the few residents and businesses who might be directly affected by the work.

The only change you are likely to see is an increase in traffic.

A traffic management plan will be in place where required, which will help to minimise the effect of construction traffic on local roads and communities.

Will it affect my home’s gas supply?

No.  The work is being done to improve the high pressure National Transmission System and does not involve domestic and business gas delivery.

What will the working hours be?

Normal working hours will be 7:00a.m. To 7:00p.m. Monday to Friday and most weekends.  Any works outside these hours will be agreed in advance with the relevant local authority.

How noisy will the work be?

Inevitably there will be some noise. However, we are fully aware of the importance of avoiding unnecessary noise and will do everything we can to keep disturbance to a minimum.  Any works required outside normal hours will also be kept to a minimum.

Will wildlife and plant life be affected in the area in any way?

When planning the pipeline we took great care to ensure that as far as possible, the route would avoid the most environmentally sensitive areas.  Where work is necessary within these areas, every available precaution is being taken to prevent harm. Environmental specialists were employed to advise on the route, and have been a key part of the construction team from the very beginning, ensuring that all commitments to protect the environment are fully complied with.

Who is building the pipeline?

The pipeline is being built by Murphys who have extensive experience of major gas pipeline construction projects.