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National Grid unveils gas pipeline plan

Energy giant National Grid today unveiled its preferred route for a multi-million pound gas pipeline which will run through the English and Welsh countryside transporting about 20 per cent of gas needed to meet UK consumption.
It will begin in Felindre, near Swansea in south Wales and end at Tirley, between Newent and Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.

It is the second phase of the National Gas Transmission System reinforcement required to transport natural gas from two liquefied natural gas terminals under construction at Milford Haven in west Wales.

Construction of the 185 km, 1.21 m diameter steel pipeline is due to begin in 2007. A team including contractors Murphy Pipelines, Nacap Land and Marine Joint Venture will build it.

The planned route starts at a new compressor site in Felindre moving north west crossing the River Loughor northwards before following the A483 from Ammanford to the north west of Llandeilo.

It will then cross the River Towy, traverse the north-west of the town and follow the A40 north east, crossing the River Towy again to the north of Llangadog.

From there it will turn east towards Brecon, before running north to follow the A470 and A438 to Hay-on-WyeIt will then move south east in

the direction of the B4348 where it crosses the A465, continuing south east towards a new valve compound at Peterstow, to the west of Ross-on-Wye, close to National Grid's existing compressor station.

The route then moves east, north of the M50, passing under the motorway near Junction 3, ending in the Tirley area.

National Grid will work will landowners to agree the best route possible and it plans a full Environmental Impact Assessment before applying for consent to build the pipeline.

It expects more than 1,000 people to be working on the job at the peak of construction .

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