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Filename: jlp01_08_077158.jpg

Size: 5231 x 5188 (4.8MB)

Date: 19th November 2021

Source: Historic England

Credit: A© Historic England Archive. Joh

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Source: Historic England Archive

Owner URL: https://images.historicenglandservices.org.uk/

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

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Thrust boring JLP01_08_077158

NORFOLK. A view of thrust boring being carried out during the installation of the Fens gas pipeline.
Work on laying the Fens gas pipeline started in June 1967 and was a joint venture between Laing Civil Engineering and French companies Entrepose and Grands Travaux de Marseille (GTM) for the Gas Council. Over 600 men worked on the project to lay 36 inch diameter steel pipes starting at West Winch in Norfolk and running to where it linked up with the next contract at Woodcroft Castle in Cambridgeshire. The pipeline crossed four rivers and numerous dykes and ditches

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Media ID 24091217

© Historic England Archive. John Laing Photographic Collection

1960s Engineering Gas Supply North Sea Gas Pipeline


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This print captures the intricate process of thrust boring during the installation of the Fens gas pipeline in Norfolk. The year was 1967, and this ambitious project was a collaborative effort between Laing Civil Engineering and French companies Entrepose and Grands Travaux de Marseille (GTM) for the Gas Council. Over 600 skilled workers dedicated their expertise to lay 36-inch diameter steel pipes, commencing at West Winch in Norfolk and extending all the way to Woodcroft Castle in Cambridgeshire. This vital pipeline traversed four rivers along with numerous dykes and ditches, showcasing both engineering prowess and environmental consideration. The image showcases the precision involved in jack-and-bore drilling or auger boring techniques employed during this groundbreaking endeavor. It serves as a testament to human ingenuity as these men worked tirelessly to ensure a reliable gas supply for future generations. The Fens gas pipeline project not only marked an important milestone in British infrastructure but also highlighted international collaboration within the industry. The dedication displayed by these workers is evident from this photograph, which stands as a timeless reminder of their contribution towards meeting energy demands. Thanks to Historic England Archive's preservation efforts, we can now appreciate this snapshot from history that encapsulates innovation, determination, and teamwork - values that continue to shape our modern world today.

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