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Giant industrial pipes reprocessed at Lowestoft as part of sustainability project

PUBLISHED: 11:48 30 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:06 30 September 2017

Jerry Anaman and Anthony Wilson pictured in one of the industrial pipes salvaged from the North Sea and currently being cut and stored at ABP's Port of Lowestoft. Picture: Stephen Waller.

Jerry Anaman and Anthony Wilson pictured in one of the industrial pipes salvaged from the North Sea and currently being cut and stored at ABP's Port of Lowestoft. Picture: Stephen Waller.

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Seven giant industrial pipes, which were rescued following an incident in the North Sea, are being reprocessed in Lowestoft as part of a sustainability project.

Industrial pipes salvaged from the North Sea being cut and prepared at ABP's Port of Lowestoft. 
Picture: Stephen Waller. Industrial pipes salvaged from the North Sea being cut and prepared at ABP's Port of Lowestoft. Picture: Stephen Waller.

The first pipe arrived in the port on September 1, and since then ABP’s Lowestoft team have been working closely with the salvors and the Environment Agency, to agree a sustainable reprocessing method to allow the pipes to be safely cut into 12-metre lengths.

As part of the operation, cut sections of pipe will be lifted from Lake Lothing onto the port’s quays for storage before being exported for reprocessing overseas.

The large polyethylene pipes in lengths of up to 290 metres long each were rescued following an incident on July 19, which involved a collision between two vessels in the Dover Straits. A number of the pipes washed up on the east coast.

Andrew Harston, ABP short sea ports director, said: “It is fantastic that we have managed to step in and support this reprocessing project and we look forward to working with all parties involved to ensure that operations run smoothly and leave a minimal impact on the environment.”

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