Supporting the gas industry since 1863
Date20th June 2018
Time15:00 - 18:00
VenueErskine Bridge, Glasgow. J. Murphy & Sons Ltd Site Office
Price Free (Members) £8.33 (Non-Members)
All prices exclude VAT
Sponsored By

J. Murphy & Sons Ltd, Site office, Dumbarton Road, Bowling, G60 5BP

Contact Details: +44 (0)1509 678 150

A Scottish Section event
About The Event
Technical visit – Erskine Bridge Pipeline Replacement project

SGN are constructing a new high pressure pipeline across the River Clyde in the vicinity of the Erskine Bridge.

This is a complex, but interesting project due to the location and the challenges involved and a rare chance to visit a live construction site to see a world-class operation in progress.


  • Visitor’s safety induction by J. Murphy & Sons Ltd
  • Project overview – why is it going ahead?  What are the challenges in constructing the new pipeline? By SGN
  • Technical site visit to Horizontal Directional Drill (HDD) site by LMR


PPE required: Boots, flame retardant clothing, hi-viz vest, hard hat, gloves and glasses (please advise if you do not have any of these items). 


NOTE: Places are limited, so prior booking is required. This is an SGN project.  If the event is oversubscribed, SGN staff will be offered an alternative opportunity to attend site. 



SGN’s main contractor J Murphy and Sons Ltd, began work on Monday 5 March 2018 to replace two 1.5km 300mm diameter pipelines which are suspended within the deck structure of the Erskine Bridge crossing the River Clyde near Glasgow. SGN’s aim is to construct an alternative crossing so the pipelines can be decommissioned and removed from the bridge. The new pipeline will be 450mm in diameter and 1.9km long.

The Murphy team will use trenchless techniques, Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) and Micro tunnelling to overcome several challenges on the project to install the new pipeline - a stretch of over one kilometre - underneath the river. The length and location of the crossing presents its own challenges as the river bed is set on abrasive bedrock, with boulders and steep approaches at the south riverbank.

In addition to crossing the river, the pipeline will also cross a canal, a railway and a major water main before crossing the A82 to tie in with SGN’s existing above ground installation at Station Road, at the foot of the Kilpatrick Braes.



Bookings for this event are no longer available.