- Government Pipelines and Storage System
The Government Pipelines and Storage System (GPSS) is a
United Kingdompipeline system run by the Oil and Pipelines Agencyfor the MOD. The network consists of some 2,500 kilometresof pipeline and 46 other facilities. The network is interconnected with several private networks. The network was built before World War IIand was used to supply fuel for Operation Pluto.
The locations of these pipelines are marked with identification posts with bright yellow roofs with a thick black line. Even so, in March 2000 at
Furness Valenear Whaley Bridge, High Peak, Derbyshireone of the lines was cut by workmen.
Private-sector usage is encouraged, but limited; the Oil and Pipelines Agency's task is to provide "maximum development of private sector usage of the GPSS, provided this does not impinge upon its primary purpose of supplying the required fuel for defence purposes and does not require capital investment from public funds."
Locations served by the GPSS include
RAF Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhalland the Atomic Weapons Establishment.
UK oil pipeline network
* [http://www.nao.org.uk/publications/nao_reports/03-04/0304941.pdf "Oil and Pipelines Agency Account 2003-2004", National Audit Office report, London: The Stationery Office,
October 8, 2004.]
* [http://www.linewatch.co.uk/network.htm Schematic Map of GPSS]
* [http://homepage.ntlworld.com/alan-turnbull/secret2.htm#GPSS GPSS on Secret Bases website]
* [http://www.combinedops.com/pluto.htm Operation Pluto]
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