The CLH group has taken over the ownership, management and operation of the largest UK pipeline network, now known as the CLH Pipeline System (CLH-PS).
Formerly called the Government Pipeline and Storage System, which was acquired by CLH in March, the oil logistics system comprises 2,000 kilometers of pipeline and 16 storage facilities. It represents 50% of the UK’s entire oil pipeline network and has a capacity of more than 1 million m3.
The network was previously owned and operated on behalf of the Ministry of Defence by the Oil and Pipelines Agency. All of the staff of the agency, totalling almost 80, will be retained within the newly formed CLH-PS, with its registered office in London.
The board of directors of CLH appointed Juan Bonilla as chairman of the network and Charles Price as CEO.
The network provides aviation fuel logistics to both RAF stations and civil aviation, including several UK airports such as Heathrow and Gatwick as well as 10 other regional airports.
As previously reported, the network was purchased by CLH for £82 million (€114 million). Following this deal, CLH has increased its worldwide pipeline network by 50%. The purchase of the CLH-PS is a key part of the internationalisation plan CLH stated in 2014 by creating a joint venture in Oman, where a storage facility is currently being constructed near Muscat.