Thursday 23 November 2017

Council backs 14km pipeline to deliver jet fuel to airport

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A 14km pipeline to carry jet fuel from Dublin Port to Dublin Airport has won the support of one of the local authorities that have to approve the plan.

Fingal County Council has given the project the go-ahead, but Dublin City Council has told the companies behind the scheme that it wants additional information before making a decision.

About 11km of the planned pipeline would snake underneath land overseen by Dublin City Council, with the final 3km leg making its way through Fingal County Council territory.

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


The companies behind the plan - Portlaoise engineering firm Fingleton White and Dublin-based Reynolds Logistics - pointed out that current fuel demand at Dublin Airport results in more than 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.

They have also told the councils that the transportation of petroleum products by tanker along busy commuter roads raises a number of health and safety issues.

They point to a UK study that concluded "that the operation of the proposed pipeline has a significantly lower level of risk".

Current aviation fuel usage at Dublin Airport is 630 million litres a year. That is projected to rise to 1.45 billion litres a year by 2035.

Although aircraft are becoming increasingly fuel-efficient, the number of passengers using the airport will reach 40 million a year by 2030 - nearly twice the current number.

Fianna Fail councillor Sean Haughey said he has reservations about the proposed pipeline. Fingal County Council said the plan is acceptable in terms of planning and sustainable development.


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