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Entrepose wins race for cross-Pennine gas pipeline

CONTRACTS - UTILITIES

ENTREPOSE has won a major pipeline project in the Pennines worth £110 million in total.

Industry sources said the firm has been chosen for the scheme, which runs from Nether Kellett in Lancashire to Pannal, just outside Harrogate, in North Yorkshire, by gas transporter NGT.

Entrepose is understood to have beaten off second-placed Laing O'Rourke for the contract after fellow rivals Murphy and a Nacap/Lawrence joint venture fell from contention earlier.

The work has a capital value of around £60 million.

The scheme comprises a 1.2 m diameter pipeline - running 94 km in length - as part of NGT's programme of bolstering the national transmission system to improve gas supply.

Construction work on the scheme will begin in 2006 although the size of the project means that the job will not be completed until 2007.

But there could be consolation for Laing O'Rourke as sources added that the firm is in early contention for a further £20 million of work in the southwest, where NGT plans to combine four projects between Ilchester and Lyneham in Somerset.

It is understood that the client will formally appoint a winner for the project in May, with construction work beginning in 2007.