National Grid has embarked on a major project to replace a gas pipeline which stretches 5 kilometres beneath the River Humber. Consent for the work was granted in August 2016 and we’re expecting to be complete by 2020.
The pipeline connects Easington on the East Yorkshire coast where gas comes ashore, to the national network. It plays its part in delivering gas supplies to millions of customers throughout the UK regularly transporting between 70 million – 100 million cubic metres of natural gas per day. That’s approximately 20 per cent of the UK’s peak winter demand.
The existing section of pipeline across the River Humber needs to be replaced because the river bed profile has changed over time, exposing the pipeline. Some work was carried out a few years ago to keep the pipeline buried on the river bed, but a long-term solution is needed.
Over recent years we’ve been looking at how we might do that and consulting local communities. Those studies and your feedback helped identify the best way forward – minimising environmental impacts on the river and neighbouring communities as much as we can by tunneling beneath the river.
As work gets underway, we would like to thank everyone who took part in the local consultations about our plans and for your continued cooperation and feedback. We’ll keep you updated every step of the way.
Please do explore this site to find out more about this ground-breaking project and its progress.