Pipeline works could have ‘horrific impact’ on roads

Pipeline works could have ‘horrific impact’ on roads

A huge 56km pipeline from Immingham to Theddlethorpe is hoped to ‘minimise’ damage to Lincolnshire’s roads.

The company behind the pipeline aims to minimise any damage to Lincolnshire’s roads caused by transporting materials.

Bosses at the Viking Carbon Capture Storage project will begin talks next year, involving another major project to store nuclear waste out of the former Conoco Philips Gas Terminal, regarding whether the projects will go ahead or not.

Immingham is the largest producer of CO2 in the UK and the new pipeline will link it to Harbour Energy and Conoco Philip’s existing offshore C02 storage facilities.

The aim will be to store up to 12 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2034.

In total 30km will go through East Lindsey, 22km will go through North East Lincolnshire and around 4km will go through North Lincolnshire and West Lindsey.

Councillor Ian Carrington showed concern over a “massive number of very large vehicles moving very large quantities of stuff”.

“This has a horrific impact on our roads,” he said.

“We are the highways authority, will you give an undertaking that any damage to the public highway caused by this scheme will be paid for by yourselves?”

Mr Davis, the Viking CCS Onshore Development Manager, said the company would restore the landscape and had committed to a 10% increase in biodiversity.

They said they would deliver goods via a ‘running track ’alongside the pipeline route in order to minimise damage to roads.

Councillor Tom Ashton asked if the Viking project would be “incompatible” with Radioactive Waste Management’s plans for a nuclear storage facility at the Theddlethorpe site.

“It’s really important – given the potential national strategic importance of that other project, the capital value to the local economy and the potential lifespan – that if it is possible for these two things not to be mutually exclusive that would be materially significant.”

Mr Davis was “not fully able to answer”.

Councillor Noi Sear replied: “If your comment means we don’t have nuclear waste, that’s a bonus in my opinion,” she said.

(Image: Harbour Energy)

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