Press Release

Balfour Beatty and Norfolk County Council divert high pressure gas main for the Northern Distributor Road

31 August 2016


The successful diversion of one of the major high pressure gas mains from Bacton Terminal, ahead of construction of Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR), has been hailed as a prime example of co-operative working and careful planning.

The pipeline, which runs at a pressure of 70 bar (70 times atmospheric pressure) and transports gas from the North Sea to the rest of the country, crosses the line of the NDR towards its western end, between Fir Covert Road and the A1067 Fakenham Road. The pipeline was designed for operation in open countryside and needed to be upgraded to a thicker gauge before the road could go over the top.


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Photo: Installation of gas diversion

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