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LMR Crossing SOLENT between Hampshire and Isle of Wight

LMR Drilling has set a new world record in the field of horizontal directional drilling. Over the period 11th December to 13th December 2010, a 3,926 m long, 324 mm diameter steel gas pipeline was successfully installed using the HDD method.


This construction project consisted of two drillings, one from the mainland (Lepe) and one from the island (Gurnard, IoW), with the particular difficulty of having to adjust the drilling works in such a way that both drill strings met accurately underneath the Solent.

With the realization of a horizontal borehole of this length, a new chapter in the area of horizontal drilling has been opened.

Our special thanks go to our Client, Southern Gas Networks (SGN), for their confidence in our skills, as a crossing of this length had never previously been accomplished.

Furthermore, we thank our UK Director, Mr Jez Seamans, for the successful introduction and implementation of all necessary measures and the drilling team who, at the end of the day, have drawn on skill, experience and improvisation to lead this project to a successful completion. A second crossing of similar nature is to be commenced in the New Year.

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