Tuesday 6 December 2016

Green light for €20m fuel pipeline under city to airport

Published 10/05/2016 | 02:30

Fuel demand at airport results in 15,000 tanker journeys a year. Photo: Collins
Fuel demand at airport results in 15,000 tanker journeys a year. Photo: Collins

THE developer of a controversial €20m aviation-fuel pipeline from Dublin Airport to Dublin Port must indemnify Dublin City Council against any environmental damage caused by accidents on the line.

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It was one of 33 conditions laid down by An Bord Pleanála in granting planning permission for the 14km project.

Residents living along the route of the proposed line had raised concerns over its safety and possible environmental impact. The pipeline runs through Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council territory. Both councils granted permission for it to go ahead last year.

While the Fingal decision wasn't appealed to An Bord Pleanála, appeals were lodged against the decision of Dublin City Council by residents.

In its decision, the planning board laid down conditions to ensure the safety of the environment and the public. It said the pipe must be used for transporting jet A1 aviation fuel only and the developer must submit a "major accident prevention document" to the council.

The developer has also been directed to submit details of emergency response procedures and to lodge a deposit with the council to secure environmental restoration in the event of a leak of the pipeline .

The application for the plan said that it would provide "a sustainable and secure means of fuel supply" for the airport.

It said that the pipeline would be the safest way to transport aviation fuel.

Residents from Copeland Avenue, Clontarf, argued that as it was a residential street, it was not appropriate to route "a major piece of infrastructure" through the area. They said the line would introduce an ongoing threat of rupture, leakage and possible ignition for all those living along the route.

They also argued there was a history of damage to high-pressure fuel pipelines in the UK, in spite of safety regulation.

The scheme - a revived version of a plan first approved over a decade ago - would see the pipeline wind its way under heavily populated areas and some of the busiest roads in the country.

The two companies behind the plan - Portlaoise engineering firm Fingleton White, and Dublin-based Reynolds Logistics - point out that current fuel demand at Dublin Airport results in over 15,000 fuel tanker journeys a year being made between it and Dublin Port.

"It is estimated that some 200,000 litres of diesel fuel are used each year by the tankers transporting the fuel, which equates to an annual emission of 500 tonnes of CO2," they said.

Irish Independent

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