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Humber pipeline project springs forward with royal visit

HRH The Princess Royal has visited the Humber Pipeline Replacement Project to get a first-hand view of our Goxhill construction site; home to construction of the new Feeder 9 tunnel and gas pipeline.

Visiting the North Lincolnshire site in her capacity as Master of The Corporation of Trinity House – which owns the land our project site is using – The Princess Royal spoke to National Grid and Joint Venture employees, who demonstrated the engineering, environmental, community and educational activities associated with our work on Humberside.

Children from Goxhill Primary School also joined in to welcome The Princess Royal and take part in science and safety learning activities at the site’s training suite.

The pipeline replacement work is continuing to progress. Mary, our tunnel boring machine, set off from Goxhill 12 months ago, to create the tunnel for our replacement gas pipeline; which will ultimately secure 20% of Britain’s gas supplies. She is now two-thirds of the way through her journey to Paull, on the north bank of the Humber a few miles away from Easington gas terminal.

Phil Sheppard, Director of Gas Transmission, said: “It’s been a privilege for our team working on the River Humber Pipeline Replacement Project to receive a visit from HRH The Princess Royal.

“The team is incredibly proud of the record-breaking work we are doing; tunnelling nearly five kilometres under the River Humber to replace our pipeline and secure gas supplies for future generations.”