UKOP Handsacre Pipeline Diversion

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The United Kingdom Oil Pipeline (UKOP) is an oil products pipeline opened in 1969 and connecting the two Shell refineries of Stanlow (Cheshire) and Shell Haven (Thames Estuary). It is administered and operated by the British Pipeline Agency (BPA) which is jointly owned by Shell and BP.

UKOP transports 7.5 million tonnes of mixed products each year distributed to major oil terminals at Buncefield and Kingsbury with spurs to Northampton and Nottingham. UKOP now draws its products from Shell Stanlow in the north and Petroplus Coryton in the south, with smaller volumes from tankage at Shell Haven. UKOP carries two grades of petrol, two grades of kerosene and two grades of gas oil/diesel.

This pipeline diversion involved procurement, construction, testing and pre-commissioning of 3.9 kilometres of 250mm welded steel oil pipeline, including the design of temporary works, cathodic protection and land drainage.

The scope also included cold cutting of the existing pipeline, the tie-in of the new diversion and grouting and abandonment of the redundant section of the existing Pipeline. There was one major Micro-tunnel crossing of a canal.

Long O Donnell Associates supported this project by providing contract and commercial management services for fuel pipeline.

Client

Entrepose

Project Value

£0.9M

Project Duration

12 months

Services Provided

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UKOP Handsacre Pipeline Diversion,

The United Kingdom Oil Pipeline (UKOP) is an oil products pipeline opened in 1969 and connecting the two Shell refineries of Stanlow (Cheshire) and Shell Haven (Thames Estuary). It is administered…