Oil and gas pipelines

From offshore fields to shore.

Pipelines transport oil and gas from offshore reserves to shore and their distribution is determined by the location of reserves and onshore processing terminals, the largest in England are at Bacton, Easington and Theddlethorpe. The ‘Useful documents’ module (opposite) contains a map of active pipelines in the UK.

Most pipelines serve producing fields, however the development of gas storage and carbon capture storage in former offshore fields may result in new pipelines or possibly a change in use for existing pipelines.

Interconnector Pipelines transport gas between countries and contribute toward security of supply. During times of high demand these interconnectors can represent a significant source of supply, potentially as much as 20%. An example of a gas interconnector is the “Interconnector” pipeline connecting Bacton to Zebrugge in Belgium.