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TOPIC: Aldermaston

Aldermaston 27 Nov 2017 16:36 #21

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Some brief info on the Aldermaston PSD

The largest PSD on the GPSS with a total capacity of 46 C2 tanks (180,000 tons, 120,000 tons is currently operational). It was constructed by Shell-Mex and B.P between 1941 and 1944 and connected to five operational and one non-operational pipelines. The WENSAT SCADA PCC is located at Aldermaston. It was made up of five tank farms plus a very large road and rail loading facility. Rail loading ceased in the 1980s and road loading in the 1990s.

Photo of the low pressure manifold and slop tanks at Aldermaston
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    Aldermaston 04 May 2018 17:06 #22

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    A nice aerial photo of the tank farm in March 1944, showing some tanks under construction.

    ncap.org.uk/frame/24-1-16-4-11?pos=0

    This is from the NCAP website but is NARA sourced so I am not sure if it is okay to post or use the photo without a licence - a confusing setup.
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    Aldermaston 07 May 2018 07:39 #23

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    Some notes on construction of the sites at Aldermaston. No 1 site is now called Middle site and closed in the mid 1990s along with the extensive Road and Rail site. Not counting the later salt cavities at Plumley, Aldermaston was the largest storage depot on the GPSS. When I retired there were about 30 tanks out of the original 46 in operation but I suspect that the number now operational is well down from that.

    Site Nominal Constructed

    No. 1 Site 1941/42
    Padworth 1941/42 and 1942/43
    Gulley Site 1942/43
    Highwood Copse 1943
    Rectory Site 1943/1944

    Agents: - Shell-Mex and B.P. Ltd
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