Friday 19 January 2018

Concerns over plan to run jet fuel pipeline close to homes and shops


Wei Chen wants timeframe for the work
Wei Chen wants timeframe for the work
Christy Burke and Sean Haughey

An application for planning permission has been lodged for a jet-fuel pipeline which is proposed to run between Dublin Port and the airport.

Engineering firm Fingleton White has applied to Dublin City Council and Fingal County Council on behalf of Independent Pipeline Company for approval for the planned project.

Local councillor Sean Haughey has raised concerns about the development and said that many north Dublin residents are unaware that the pipeline will be passing by their front door.

"The proposed 14.4km route for this steel pipeline is along East Wall Road, Alfie Byrne Road, Clontarf Road, Howth Road, Copeland Ave, Malahide Road from Donnycarney to Clare Hall and the R139," Mr Haughey said.

"I am very concerned about this project. Many local residents are simply unaware that this pipeline will be passing by their front doors. The pipeline will carry Jet A1 aviation fuel and will only be 1.2m below the surface," he said.


"In addition, the construction of the pipeline will take about 10 months to complete and there will be major traffic disruption and diversions in place during this period," he said.

Fingleton White said that it will not be making any comments during the planning process.

Mary White, a project engineer with the firm, pointed out that the last date for observations is May 12.

Airport fuel is currently delivered to the airport from Dublin Port by road tankers.

The new scheme has previously been presented to elected representatives and members of the public were invited to information meetings.

Meanwhile, local businesses say they want communication in advance of any works starting.

Wei Chen, manager of Paws Solutions in Maypark which faces on to the Malahide Road, said she wants to get plenty of notice, and the projected timeframe of the works so she can plan ahead.

Jonathan Stafford of Stafford's Funeral Homes said that he assumes it will be built in accordance with the best international standards.

He said his only concern would be the potential disruption to traffic at the time it's being built.

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