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Next phase of Scotland-Ireland gas pipeline £21M over budget

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A scheme to construct a gas pipeline in Scotland is delayed and is coming in over budget to the tune of £21M. 

Contractor SICIM/Roadbridge JV has had to undertake additional works on river crossings which has led to a delay of a year to the opening of the 50km tunnel which will connect Ireland and Scotland. 

The cost of phase two of the project, between Cluden and Brighouse Bay in Scotland, was expected to be £41.2M but has now risen to £62.2M.

It was expected to begin operating in 2020 but this has been pushed back to 2021.  

Work includes rerouting the pipeline between Cluden and Lochfoot and is the final step to complete the twinning of the gas interconnectors between Ireland and the UK.  

The 900mm diameter steel pipe will be buried at least 1.2m underground.

Phase one of the project, the construction of a 29.6km pipeline between Beattock, North East of Dumfries and Brighouse Bay on the South West coast was completed in 2002.

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