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Have Your Say On Esso’s Plans For Oil Pipeline Replacement That May Pass Through Worplesdon

Esso is hosting public meetings about its proposals to replace 90km of its 105km aviation fuel pipeline that runs from the Fawley refinery near Southampton to its storage depot in Hounslow.

Routes being considered by Esso for its replacement aviation fuel pipeline between Fawley near Southampton and its fuel depot in Hounslow. Click to enlarge in a new window.

Of the six routes are being consulted upon, two of them would go through Wood Street Village, Fairlands, Perry Hill and Whitmoor Common.

Esso’s current favoured options are two others routes to the north of its own pumping station at Alton.

The oil company has announced a number of public meetings across Surrey and Hampshire. There will be a meeting on Thursday, April 12 at the Worplesdon Memorial Hall, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, GU3 3RF between 2pm and 8pm. All welcome to attend.

On its website about the pipeline, Esso states: “Completed in 1972, [the pipeline] initially carried a type of oil used for large industrial sites and oil-fired power stations.

“Since the 1980s it has been used to supply aviation fuel to some of the UK’s busiest airports. We are now looking to update this key piece of infrastructure to maintain supply of aviation fuel for years to come.

“We have already replaced 10km of pipeline between Hamble and Boorley Green in Hampshire. We now want to replace the 90km of pipeline between Boorley Green and our West London Terminal storage facility.

“Since the existing pipeline was built, Hampshire and Surrey have changed dramatically and protected sites such as The South Downs National Park have been established. We need to identify a route for the replacement pipeline that will minimise interruption on local communities, but also have better environmental outcomes versus the other options considered.

“We are now consulting on corridor options for the replacement pipeline. We want to provide everyone with the opportunity to contribute to and influence this important project.”

Esso can also be contacted by phone on 07925 068905.

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