Cluden to Brighouse Bay

The project concerns the twinning of the southwest Scotland onshore gas system.

The project

The second Scotland to Ireland Gas Interconnector is an important project for the Irish economy as it reinforces security of energy supply across Ireland and the UK, facilitating the transport of additional gas supplies from Beattock, South West Scotland, to Gormanstown in Co. Meath. Phase one of this project, a 29.6km pipeline was constructed between Beattock, North East of Dumfries and Brighouse Bay on the South West coast in 2002. Gas Networks Ireland, is now undertaking Phase Two, which consists of constructing the remaining 50km of gas pipeline from Brighouse Bay to Cluden in Scotland.

The construction which commenced in early 2017 utilises the latest and least intrusive engineering methods. The pipeline will be built, operated and maintained to the highest national and international safety standards.

This is the final step to complete the full twinning of the two gas interconnectors between Ireland and the UK. Twinning of the on-shore section, which feeds the 2 subsea pipelines in place since 1993 and 2004 respectively, will secure this vital link to the UK gas market. The pipeline will also boost the operational flexibility of the Irish gas network which is essential to providing backup to intermittent renewable electricity generation. Natural gas, as the cleanest and most flexible fossil fuel for power generation, is an ideal partner to renewables as Ireland seeks to meet its energy and climate change targets.

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Project of common interest

The project has been identified as a Project of Common Interest for the purpose of EU funding within the CEF-Energy programme, pursuant to the terms of Regulation (EU) No. 347/2013 ("the TEN-E Regulation").

The Project was entered into the first union list of projects of common interest as published by the EU Commission on 14 October 2013. On 21st November 2014, the EU Commission has published the list of actions selected for receiving financial assistance under CEF-Energy. The project has been included in the list and identified as being eligible for funding in the sum of €33,764,185.

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Funding Statement

PCI 5.2 (Cluden to Brighouse Bay) is the recipient of European funding from the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)PCI 5.2 (Cluden to Brighouse Bay) is co-financed by the European Union's Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) On 14th May 2015 the Commission for Regulation of Utilities granted final approval to progress the project.

  “Any communication or publication related to the action, made by the beneficiaries jointly or individually in any form and using any means, shall indicate that it reflects only the author’s view and that the Agency is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains”

Permitting process

The Regulation on guidelines for trans-European energy infrastructure EU 347/2013 (TEN-E Regulation) stipulates the rules for the timely development and interoperability of energy networks in European Union Member States and the European Economic Area (EEA). The TEN-E Regulation sets out guidelines for streamlining the permitting processes for major energy infrastructure projects that contribute to European energy networks. Ofgem in the United Kingdom has produced a document to guide applicants through the procedures for applying for consents for PCIs.

Some of the requirements contained with the Manual of Procedures and how these are being addressed are shown in the table.

On 14th May 2015 the Commission for Regulation of Utilities granted final approval to progress the project and Pipeline Construction Authorisation (PCA) was granted in 2016 in respect of a c.7km reroute of the original 50km PCA received in 2002. The documents submitted as part of this application can be viewed here.

Contact us

For any queries in relation to this project, including requests for documents or providing responses or comments to public consultations please use any of the details provide below.

Call us on 01683 300 326 (9am – 5pm)

Cluden to Brighouse Pipeline
GNI (UK) Limited
Lochmaben Road
Beattock Compressor Station
DG10 9RL

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Building the Pipeline

The main construction activity is scheduled to take place over the spring and summer months. It should be noted that at certain locations along the route of the pipeline, the construction programme will be dictated by the need to minimise the environmental impact. It is expected that up to 300 people will be employed during peak construction.

Pipeline construction activities are being supervised by Arup and the main construction works are being undertaken by Sicim Roadbridge on behalf of GNI (UK) Limited. The latest and least intrusive engineering methods are being used and the pipeline will be built, operated and maintained to the highest national and international safety standards. Safety is our priority at all stages of pipeline construction.

The phases to construction activity are as follows:

  • Fencing off the working width
  • Top-soil stripping
  • Pre construction drainage
  • Pipe preparation
  • Pipe welding
  • Trenching, pipe installation and backfilling
  • Road and river crossings
  • Testing and commissioning

A detailed Environmental Impact Assessment of the construction and maintenance of the pipeline was also carried out to assess potential impacts of the Cluden to Brighouse Pipeline project. An environmental engineer has been employed to oversee activities during the construction of the pipeline and a licensed Archaeologist will monitor all top-soil stripping and potential areas of archaeological interest.

GNI (UK) is committed to ensuring all works will be undertaken in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, in co-operation with the local community. A Stakeholder Liaison Officer has been appointed to the Project and will ensure the local community are kept informed on progress and have the opportunity to get in touch with the project team and offer feedback during the construction period.

Pipeline Construction Authorisation by the Scottish Ministers

On the 21st of June 2016, the Scottish Ministers granted a Pipeline Construction Authorisation (PCA) to GNI(UK) Ltd. in respect of the application dated 14 August 2015 under section 1 of the Pipe-lines Act 1962, and made a direction under section 5 of that Act for deemed planning permission for 7.2km of Gas Pipe-line between Cluden and Lochfoot. A copy of the decision letter can also be found on the Scottish Government website.

Documents submitted to Scottish Government on 14 August 2015

2015 Environmental Impact Assessment

Part 1 (PDF 6.7MB) - Part 2 (PDF 8.3MB) - Part 3 (PDF 8.1MB) - Part 4 (PDF 7.3MB) - Part 5 (PDF 8.9MB) - Part 6 (PDF 9.5MB) - Part 7 (PDF 3.7MB) - Appendices (PDF 4.7MB)