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Thieves have siphoned millions of pounds of fuel from a pipeline which runs under Deputy PM Nick Clegg's official country residence in Kent. Esso's South East pipeline runs from Fawley Refinery, in Hampshire, to Purfleet Fuel Terminal, in Essex.

The company said it discovered a section at Chevening, near Sevenoaks, had been tampered with.
The Current Bun reported 30,000 litres of fuel a day were stolen over seven months, with a value of £8.3m at the pumps.

More @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-28723670
 
Makes a change to running on red!
 
I also doubt that a siphon was used. That would be silly.
 

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Oh well they seem better equipped than the Nigerians who routinely blow themselves up when nicking fuel from pipelines.
 

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Bouncebanana will be along to explain what the police are doing about it and how it is all their fault.
 

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Thieves have siphoned millions of pounds of fuel from a pipeline which runs under Deputy PM Nick Clegg's official country residence in Kent. Esso's South East pipeline runs from Fawley Refinery, in Hampshire, to Purfleet Fuel Terminal, in Essex.

The company said it discovered a section at Chevening, near Sevenoaks, had been tampered with.
The Current Bun reported 30,000 litres of fuel a day were stolen over seven months, with a value of £8.3m at the pumps.

More @ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-28723670

That's 1RTW a day. Someone was being discreet.
 
Kent Police have requested DVLA to supply details of all vehicles that have travelled more than 87 million miles between the last two MOTs.
 
Seriously, if that amount of fuel is going missing, the thieves have a massive clandestine distribution network, the fuel is heading toward ships or somebody has overestimated the amount being stolen.

I suspect that a lot of the 30000 litres per day is leaking somewhere. Why should Shell be any different to, say, Thames Water? Well, other than that the environmentalists would have a field day.
 

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That pipeline is a multi fuel line, so it'll be running unmarked gas oil, kerosene and motor spirit in a prearranged sequence. If the crims were picking up interfaces it'll be all but unusable.
 

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Seriously, if that amount of fuel is going missing, the thieves have a massive clandestine distribution network, the fuel is heading toward ships or somebody has overestimated the amount being stolen.

I suspect that a lot of the 30000 litres per day is leaking somewhere. Why should Shell be any different to, say, Thames Water? Well, other than that the environmentalists would have a field day.
Not Shell. Tis Esso. Oil pipelines are well maintained because of the money involved.
 
Seriously, if that amount of fuel is going missing, the thieves have a massive clandestine distribution network, the fuel is heading toward ships or somebody has overestimated the amount being stolen.

I suspect that a lot of the 30000 litres per day is leaking somewhere. Why should Shell be any different to, say, Thames Water? Well, other than that the environmentalists would have a field day.



No wonder the pikey bastards can afford to slink around all day to pick up the odd shagged- out toaster.......
 
I like the way the Current Bun and the BBC seem to insinuate it is all the fault of Nick Clegg cos they nicked it from a pipeline which runs close to a house he sometimes frequents.

Mind you perhaps it flags up some questions abut Cleggies personal protection detail (assuming he has one) not noticing fuel tankers being driven about the estate in the dead of night.

That sort of pad should have CTTV, pressure pads and all the other gizmo's coming out of its arse.
 
Theres a lot of it about, from April;

(Reuters) - Exxon Mobil shut one of Britain's main underground fuel pipelines, it said on Monday, after police found a stash of diesel they believe was siphoned off by thieves.

Police arrested two men, aged 32 and 34, in connection with the theft. Media reported that more than 30,000 litres of diesel, worth 41,000 pounds at pump prices, was involved.

Police launched their investigation on Thursday after a large quantity of diesel was found in a industrial storage unit at West Wellow, Hampshire, southern England, where the thieves are thought to have tapped into the 14-inch pipeline.

The Midline Pipeline runs north from Esso's Fawley oil refinery near Southampton to its terminal in Birmingham, central England.

Two men from the Salisbury area were arrested late Sunday and were being held in custody for questioning on Tuesday, police said.

"Lines of enquiry include establishing the exact amount of fuel stolen and examining the suspected sophisticated method used in this alleged theft," police said in a statement.

"The fuel is stored safely and securely and is being retrieved by engineers from the nearby Esso refinery."

Exxon, known as Esso in Britain, said in a statement: "Esso is committed to the very highest standards of safety. The pipeline has therefore been closed down, and our specialists are working to check it and, if necessary, effect any repair."

Stealing oil from pipelines is relatively rare in Britain, but the theft of metals such as copper cable has led to communications and rail network disruptions. In Nigeria, theft from pipelines is estimated to cost the government up to $1 billion (595.3 million pounds) per month.

Esso is making alternative supply arrangements and does not expect its retail customers to be affected by the pipeline closure, a company spokesman said.

The pipeline has a spur to Birmingham Airport, although this is rarely used now as most fuel supplied to the airport goes by road, he said.




(Additional reporting by Belind
 
...a company spokesman said.

The pipeline has a spur to Birmingham Airport, although this is rarely used now as most fuel supplied to the airport goes by road, he said.

Who signed the contract for that? Did he get commission?
 
Not Shell. Tis Esso. Oil pipelines are well maintained because of the money involved.

Doh! I've had a hard day.

On the plus side, I filled up my car with diesel at £1.29 per litre. Esso, by coincidence...
 

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