Cost Saving Oil Pipeline Diversion through an Operational Quarry Cost Saving Oil Pipeline Diversion through an Operational Quarry

Cost Saving Oil Pipeline Diversion through an Operational Quarry

Our client was a national pipeline operator that had been served notice of an intention to work minerals beneath a pipeline at a sand and gravel site in Leicestershire.

We were instructed to advise on the potential compensation payable, and review options for a potentially lower cost diversion of the pipe. We provided valuation, quarry operations, geotechnical and ground engineering expertise and worked closely with the client’s technical teams to determine the specifications required for pipeline construction and support. We carried out site investigations and materials testing to assess the suitability of materials available on site for pipeline protection.

We also liaised with the claimant operator to review operational phasing on site to ensure that mineral extraction, including soils movement and restoration, were not compromised.

The optimal preferred option that was designed, implemented, and supervised by us was a diversion of the pipe within a worked out part of the quarry, with the design of pipeline protection construction and a specification for safe over tipping of the pipe. The construction of the protection measures were carried out under contract written and supervised by WA.

This resulted in a saving in compensation payable by the client for minerals sterilisation.