I looked into the hole, and what did I see?

What did I see when looking into the hole in Red Road, being dug to inspect for conditions for the route of the Esso oil pipeline?

Nothing very much. The uncovered ground strata didn’t reveal much that I could see, but then I’m no expert. Anyway, here’s a photo of what I saw. A trickle of water was being sucked up. Think I’ll revist later in the week.

 

Looking into deep holes is fun for some

The some in this case is me. Yesterday on my familiar long walk from Lightwater to Deepcut, I encountered engineers having dug a deep hole to expose one on the Esso pipelines.

Talking with helpful engineers, I learned that the uncoverd pipeline was the original pipeline carrying heated heavy fuel oil from Fawley Refinery to Heathrow. The covering around the pipeline has, in places, cracked and allowed water onto the pipeline potentail causing rusting. The plans are to replace this 10 inch pipeline with a 12 inch pipeline.

The pipeline exposed at this site is deeper than elsewhere, and has a slight bend in it to account for the rise in the land.

One humourous story I learned was that, and this isn’t recent, a digger found a 500lb unexploded bomb in his digger bucket. We laughed, and imagined the digger driver making a rapid exit from his cab.

Unsheduled conversations, like these, are an enjoyable part of my life.

Attending the Esso jet fuel pipeline consultation

Last Friday I visited the consultation on the preferred route of Southampton to London Pipeline Project for residents in Deepcut and Lightwater at Heatherside Community Centre.

I’m supportive of the project, and recognise that there are necessary changes to the pipeline route from the existing due to changes through, housing, road development, and what could be called urban progress.

I was keen to highlight my concerns about the projected route near Red Road and Folly Bog in Lightwater. I learned that the work in 2016 on the pipeline in Folly Bog was caused by issue relating to the pipeline being in water. The repair work was to reline the exterior of the pipeline in a protective coating, not to replace it, as I irrationally thought.

In my view, and I’ll be writing my suggestions to the consultation, makes too much of an effort to avoid Folly Bog, and the projected preferred route is too close to Rec Road, and the housing around The Folly. My suggestion is to stick to the track alongside the ranges, positioning the pipeline further away from Red Road. There’s plenty of room for this diversion, while also maintaining the high ground that the engineers prefer.

Here’s the map, downloaded from the SLPProject website. Notice that the existing pipeline is in dark blue, and the preferred route is the broken line, again in blue.

Don’t forget: Esso jet fuel pipeline consultation day today

Here’s a reminder that today is the consultation on the preferred route of Southampton to London Pipeline Project for residents in Deepcut and Lightwater [click on image to expand]. The local consultation events are at,

  • 28 September, 14:00-20:00: Deepcut and Lightwater, Heatherside Community Centre, Martindale Avenue, GU15 1BB
  • 29 September, 11:00-17:00: Chobham, Chobham Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, GU24 8AJ
  • 3 October, 14:00-20:00: Frimley, Lakeside Continental Hotel, Wharf Road, GU16 6JR
  • 10 October, 14:00-20:00: Farnborough, Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre, ETPS Road, GU14 6FD

All the consultation events, route options, and feedback forms, are contained in the Replacement Pipeline Route Consultation Brochure. [see below – to expand, click on upward facing arrow at bottom right]. There are other public documents to be found HERE, including detailed maps containing a wealth of information.

Consultation on preferred route of Esso jet fuel pipeline

It’s certainly a lengthy consultation on the route of Southampton to London Pipeline Project. Earlier this year the Project began consulting on possible pipeline routes. At the end of May they announced the preferred route, and now they’re beginning consultation on the preferred route options [click on image to expand].

Among the consultation events, are these local locations,

  • 28 September, 14:00-20:00: Deepcut and Lightwater, Heatherside Community Centre, Martindale Avenue, GU15 1BB
  • 29 September, 11:00-17:00: Chobham, Chobham Parish Pavilion, Recreation Ground, Station Road, Chobham, GU24 8AJ
  • 3 October, 14:00-20:00: Frimley, Lakeside Continental Hotel, Wharf Road, GU16 6JR
  • 10 October, 14:00-20:00: Farnborough, Farnborough Exhibition and Conference Centre, ETPS Road, GU14 6FD

All the consultation events, route options, and feedback forms, are contained in the Replacement Pipeline Route Consultation Brochure. [see below – to expand, click on upward facing arrow at bottom right]. There are other public documents to be found HERE, including detailed maps containing a wealth of information.

 

Seeing the Esso jet fuel pipeline uncovered

As is my wont, yesterday I walked from Lightwater to the Royal Logistic Corps Museum in Deepcut. I can tell you I was totally pooped at the end of the walk. I didn’t meet any else on my walk, obvious really, as it was a bit too hot [lift home from my wife who was volunteering in the museum].

What I did encounter on my walk was a section of the Esso jet fuel pipeline that had been uncovered on the track alongside the Bisley & Pirbright Ranges. If your keen to know exactly where, it was on the downside of Hangmoor Hill before it leads up to the Maultway.

I stopped and chatted to a pipeline engineer. I really should have found out more about their work, but ended up talking about football – me a Wolves supporter, the engineer, a Sunderland supporter. Interestingly, you might be able to see in a photo that the pipeline has a concrete cover.

I’ve written before about the renewal of the pipeline from Southampton to Heathrow, which you can read in – Preferred fuel supply pipeline corridor announced, and when I previously encountered the uncovering of the pipeline – Uncovered Esso pipeline at Colony Gate on The Maultway in Camberley. Click on images to expand.

Preferred fuel supply pipeline corridor announced

In today’s post came a leaflet from the Southampton to London Pipeline Project – Slpproject.co.uk – announcing the preferred corridor.

The result of the consultation on the preferred pipeline corridor, as it affects us in Surrey Heath, is corridor option J, which follows the existing pipeline route. It’s just as I expected. It was unlikely that they’d move from the existing route to pass over military ranges.

Below is a screen grab from the interactive map showing, in blue, the route of the preferred corridor, which is also the route of the exiting pipeline. Have a play with the interactive map, it’s fun. The red route is the de-selected corridor. Below the screen grab is a copy of the leaflet.

Give your views on the London Pipeline project at Chobham & Frimley events

Perhaps you too received a leaflet, by post, on the Esso London Pipeline Corridor Consultation.

Below is the centre page of the leaflet, and on the other page is a list of the public exhibition venues. These exhibitions offer the opportunity to meet members of the Pipeline Project team, to whom you can ask questions. If you’re keen to offer your views you can do it at two local venues, or online. The consultation ends on Monday 30th April 2018.

The local venues are,

  • Friday, 6th April, 14.00 to 20.00 at Chobham Village Hall, Station Rd Chobham GU24 8AQ
  • Tuesday, 10th April, 14.00 to 20.00 at Lakeside Country Club, Wharf Rd, Frimley Green GU16 6PT

Esso consults on replacement of its underground fuel pipeline

Walkers over local heathland won’t fail to have noticed the pipeline markers that identify the route of Esso’s pipeline that takes jet fuel from the Esso Hawley Refinery in Southampton to the West London Storage Terminal near Heathrow.

Here’s what they look like, and are described, in my earlier blog post,

Esso are consulting on the best route to take in their project to replace the pipeline. See HERE for their proposals, including an interactive map of the alternative corridor options.  If you like maps, as many do, then you’ll find the interactive map offers much information.

Over the past few years there’s been investigations on the state of the pipeline, which I reported HERE, and can be seen in this photo of the uncovered pipeline adjacent to the junction of Old Bisley Road and the Maultway. [click on image to expand]

Brentmoor Heath & Folly Bog Ranger posts his winter notes

At the entrances to Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog, Surrey Wildlife Trust Ranger, Ben Habgood has posted his winter notes. [Click on image to expand].

I’m pleased to see there’ll be scrub clearance next year. Would like to know where in the Folly Bog work is to be done. The last major clearance was in 2010. Also, I’m somewhat surprised that further maintenance work is needed on the Esso pipeline in Folly Bog, after all the work earlier this year.

I’ll be following up on both of these items, and will report back here. Meanwhile, here’s Ben Habgood’s notes

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