§ Mr. John Evans
To ask the Secretary of State for Energy if he will make a statement on the progress of Shell Chemicals United Kingdom Limited north western ethylene pipeline proposals.
§ Mr. Peter Morrison
Shell Chemicals UK Limited has submitted an application under the Pipelines Act 1962 for authorisation to construct a cross-country pipeline from Grangemouth to Stanlow for the conveyance of ethylene. It has been instructed to publish and serve the necessary notices under the Pipelines Act 1962, without prejudice to the right of the Secretary of State subsequently to refuse the application.
An environmental statement under the Electricity and Pipe-line Works (Assessment of Environmental Effects) Regulations 1989, has been prepared by Shell.
Details of Shell's proposals and copies of the environmental statement are available for public inspection at the offices of planning authorities along the proposed pipeline route and at the offices of my Department.