Major work on MOD pipeline

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Fisher German undertake work for the MOD

December 2012

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Fisher German’s utilities and infrastructure department in Ashby de la Zouch have just started the second phase of a major project to upgrade a high pressure oil pipeline on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD). 

The firm have been working with the Oil and Pipelines Agency (OPA), a public corporation sponsored by MOD, to replace a 28km section of pipeline that was originally laid during the Second World War between Tonbridge in Kent and Godstone in Surrey, and is in need of replacement.  Construction of the eastern half of the pipeline route was completed earlier this year and the western part is scheduled for completion by November 2013.
 
Matthew Willoughby of Fisher German has led the project from the beginning, having liaised with landowners and other consultees since 2007 and having prepared the planning application and secured planning consent in 2010. He comments “This is a major undertaking for OPA and the MoD.  Fisher German are the main point of contact between land owners and  OPA and we work extensively to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum for those with farms and land along the route.
 
“The steel pipe is 10 inches in diameter and is delivered to site in 12 metre lengths.  The pipe is welded together on site before being laid in a trench at a depth of around 1.2 metres.  Preparing the land for a construction project such as this is a significant task and ecology has a considerable influence on the construction process.  The removal of the hedgerows that have to be taken out along the pipeline construction corridor must be completed before the bird nesting season and major works are undertaken to minimise and mitigate the impact on protected species such as bats, dormice and great crested newts.  Upon completion of the works all removed hedges are replanted and the land returned to its original condition as quickly as possible.
 
 “As part of the process we have prepared the legal documentation required to give the MoD the necessary rights in the land and we will negotiate the compensation payments that are due to landowners and occupiers along the pipeline route to cover any losses that they have suffered as a result of the works.”
 
For further information about this project, please contact Matthew Willoughby on 01530 410864 or email matthew.willoughby@fishergerman.co.uk 
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