Oikos Marine & South Side Development

Oikos Storage Ltd is proposing to develop the operational efficiency of its existing harbour facility on Canvey Island in Essex.

The project is known as the Oikos Marine & South Side Development, or OMSSD for short. We are undertaking this important project to enhance our ability to supply essential transport fuels and bulk liquid products to UK industries.

The project forms part of an ongoing investment programme to upgrade and enhance our operations, and to ensure that we can continue to set industry-leading safety and environmental standards.

As a facility with over 80 years of history on Canvey Island, we want to work with local communities and stakeholders to ensure that we are able to develop the best possible proposals and that this nationally significant project can be delivered successfully.

About the project

The OMSSD project will consist of the installation of substantial new marine loading and unloading equipment and related infrastructure enhancement on the jetties that serve the facility. It will also include the redevelopment of the south side of the facility to provide new storage tanks and associated operational services.

The project will be located in the southern area of the facility. Whilst this area previously accommodated bulk liquid storage tanks and has been actively used for that purpose since 1936 – the majority of the old tanks have now been removed. The project will enhance the ability of Oikos to import by sea and distribute vital fuel products across the country, such as diesel, biodiesel, jet fuel and gasoline.

Vessels will berth at one of our two jetties and their liquid products will then be transferred by pipeline to the facility’s new landside storage tanks. The products will then be distributed throughout the UK, via either the national pipeline networks to which the facility is already connected, via road tanker or exported by ship away from the facility.

The delivery of this project will enable Oikos to increase its contribution to the provision of a reliable and safe fuel supply to vital UK industries. The project will reflect the activities which currently already take place at the Oikos facility and which have taken place at the site for some 80 years.

The development will include the following works, namely the provision of:

  • Additional Marine Loading Arms and associated import and export infrastructure and equipment on the existing jetties which serve the facility
  • Additional landside storage tanks, located within compounds, ranging in capacity up to 30,000m3
  • Additional road loading bays and HGV tanker parking
  • Supporting pipework and operational infrastructure
  • A new workshop and stores buildings and an extension to the existing terminal office
  • Upgraded and additional utilities infrastructure
  • Modified and improved security entrance and internal road layout
  • Habitat mitigation and improvements.
  • Dredge to the Jetty 2 berth pocket

Why this project is important

The OMSSD will provide new bulk liquid import, storage and export infrastructure to enhance our ability to play our part in ensuring that essential fuel supplies continue to reach the UK’s airports, petrol stations and industries that rely upon them. The fuel we supply is critical, both for providing energy to our customers and supporting the wider UK energy market.

In recent years, a number of UK oil refineries have closed or reduced their output. As a result, the nation is increasingly reliant on fuel which is brought to the country by sea-going tankers to import terminals like the Oikos facility. The Oikos facility, therefore, plays an essential part in maintaining a resilient fuel supply infrastructure for the UK.

Our analysis suggests that in the future more fuel will need to be imported. Therefore, more import and storage capacity will be required to ensure that the security of fuel supplies for the UK is properly protected. The enhanced capacity of the Oikos facility will assist in ensuring the resilience, efficiency and flexibility of the UK’s vital fuel distribution network.

Because of the scale and nature of the project it qualifies as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project or NSIP. For more information about what a NSIP is, please visit this page.

Find out more about the project

Project Update

September 2020

Following the update provided in July 2020, Oikos is now able to provide a further update on the next steps of the OMSSD project.

Throughout the past few months, work on the project has not proceeded as fast as originally envisaged due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, during this time we have been carefully reviewing the responses we received during the initial phase of informal consultation that was conducted in late 2019. We have also carried out ongoing discussions with various stakeholders and in May we also received the formal Environmental Statement Scoping Opinion from the Planning Inspectorate. We have used all of this feedback to continue to progress the design of the project and to develop our programme of environmental assessment.

Over the coming months we will be continuing with these activities with a view to preparing the Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) for the project. This document will include preliminary information relating to the project and its likely impacts and implications.

In early 2021 we expect to be in a position to undertake formal pre-application consultation, which will build on the engagement that we have already conducted. During the pre-application consultation local people and stakeholders will have the opportunity to review and respond to the information provided within the PEIR.

Our plans for the formal pre-application consultation will be outlined, in due course, in a document known as a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). The SoCC will be developed in consultation with local authorities and will be publicised in advance.

After the formal pre-application consultation stage has been completed, the Project Team will assess the issues that have been raised, refine the proposals where necessary and prepare the application and all associated documents ready for submission. It is our current aim to submit the application to the Planning Inspectorate during the summer of 2021.

As work progresses on the project, we will endeavour to keep everyone informed – primarily through updates published on the project website. In the meantime, should you have any questions regarding the next stages of the project, or about the OMSSD project more generally, then please do get in touch using the following methods.


July 2020

Following the submission of the Scoping Opinion Request and accompanying Scoping Report to the Planning Inspectorate in March 2020, we have now received the formal response, which is known as the Scoping Opinion.

This document sets out the formal view of the Secretary of State (via the Planning Inspectorate) on the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided in the OMSSD Environmental Statement (ES).

A copy of the Scoping Opinion is available to download from our document library.

In addition to informing you of the receipt of the Scoping Opinion from the Planning Inspectorate, we also wanted to take this opportunity to provide you with an update on the preparation timeframe for the OMSSD project. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is clearly no longer possible for the project to proceed as originally programmed. This means that the statutory consultation period, which we originally envisaged taking place in early summer 2020, is not able to go ahead as planned at that time. Oikos, however, remain committed to the project and we are currently reviewing the schedule for taking the project and statutory consultation forward. We will endeavour to keep you and others informed and will provide a further update, via the OMSSD project website in the first instance, as the position on this matter becomes clearer.

In the meantime, we would like to thank everybody for your continued engagement with the OMSSD project.

March 2020

Following the announcement of the OMSSD project in November 2019 and ongoing consultation activity, we have continued to develop, analyse and assess the OMSSD project.

We have now reached a milestone within the NSIP process, in that we have submitted a Scoping Opinion Request to the Planning Inspectorate. This means we have asked the Secretary of State (via the Planning Inspectorate), for his opinion on the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided in the OMSSD Environmental Statement (ES). The ES is a document which will identify and assess the likely significant environmental effectsof the OMSSD project and will form part of the Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the project when it is submitted.

A Scoping Report forms the basis of the Scoping Opinion Request. It is a document which, amongst other things, outlines what environmental topics we anticipate will be included in the ES and the assessment methodologies that we propose to use. More information relating to the scoping process is available on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. A copy of the Scoping Report is available to view on the OMSSD page of the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

A copy of the Scoping Report is also available to download from our document library.

Frequently Asked Questions

A Scoping Opinion is the document that sets out the formal view of the Secretary of State (via the Planning Inspectorate) on the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided in an Environmental Statement (ES).

A Scoping Opinion Request allows an applicant to ask the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of the Secretary of State, for their opinion on the scope and level of detail of the information to be provided in the Environmental Statement (ES). The ES is a document which identifies and assesses the likely significant environmental effects of the project across a range of topics, for example traffic, noise, air quality and flooding. It is a document which will accompany the Development Consent Order (DCO) application for the OMSSD project when it is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in due course.

The Planning Inspectorate must consult a number of statutory bodies, including Natural England, the Environment Agency and the Health and Safety Executive amongst others, during the scoping process and provide the applicant with a Scoping Opinion within 42 days of the Scoping Opinion Request being submitted.

The Scoping Report is a document produced by the applicant which outlines, amongst other things, which environmental topics it is anticipated will be considered in the ES and the assessment methodologies proposed to be used. The Scoping Report forms the basis of the Scoping Opinion Request that is made to the Planning Inspectorate.

NSIPs are major infrastructure developments that undergo a consenting process that is different from normal planning permission due to their nature and size. Examples can include power stations, renewable energy projects, the construction or alteration of harbour facilities, new airports or major road projects.

The consenting process for these projects is overseen by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS), an executive agency of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

There are a number of bodies that are statutory consultees for the proposed application – these are defined in the legislation which sets out how NSIP applications are to be prepared and include organisations such as the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Marine Management Organisation. In addition, the legislation requires applicants to undertake formal consultation with the local community.

The way we will consult local people living near the site of the proposed development will be set out in a document known as a Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). This will include details of any events and other opportunities being provided to enable local people to comment on the proposals.

NSIP projects such as the OMSSD require consent in the form of a Development Consent Order or DCO. A DCO is a special type of approval for projects of national significance.

An application for a DCO is determined by the Secretary of State within whose area of responsibility the given project falls. In the case of the OMSSD project, the application will be determined by the Secretary of State for Transport.

Following a pre-application period within which the applicant is required to undertake certain tasks and activities – including necessary consultation – the application is submitted to PINS.

PINS will then appoint an Inspector or a Panel of Inspectors (known as the Examining Authority) to consider the application at what is known as an examination – which is very similar to a public inquiry. PINS will take care to involve all stakeholders and other interested parties throughout the examination process.

Once the application has been comprehensively examined – which can take up to six months – the Examining Authority will make a recommendation to the Secretary of State as to whether the DCO should be granted or refused.

You can visit the PINS website to find out more information about the DCO process and download the Planning Act 2008 (various regulations which explain the procedures to be followed throughout the application process). This website also includes helpful guidance notes.

As part of the application, it will be necessary for us to undertake a comprehensive environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the proposed development. This assessment will be reported in an Environmental Statement (ES).

So far, we have carried out a number of surveys to identify any wildlife and habitats that might be affected by the project and to ensure that we can protect any species that might be affected by the project. A number of other background surveys and studies are underway.

We will, in due course, be asking PINS for their formal view on the proposed scope and content of our assessment, which will cover a wide variety of topics including ecology, noise, air quality, traffic, ground contamination, heritage, flooding, lighting and landscape.

Throughout the assessment process, we will work with Castle Point Borough Council and a range of other statutory bodies including Natural England, the Environment Agency, the Health and Safety Executive and the Marine Management Organisation to ensure that the assessment covers all relevant matters and that opportunities to mitigate or minimise potential impacts are appropriately considered.

In the future, for the purposes of consultation, we will be publishing a document known as a Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR), which will form the basis of our eventual ES. This is an important part of the application process and everyone will be invited to comment on the contents of the Report.

Once those comments and representations have been taken fully into account, the application documentation will be finalised and the application will be submitted to PINS.

You can visit the Planning Inspectorate’s website for information about the Development Consent Order process: https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/.

Next steps

We currently envisage that the project will proceed in line with the following timeline.

Contact us

If you require any further information about the Oikos Marine & South Side Development project, please do not hesitate to get in contact with our community relations team. We are happy to answer any questions or listen to any feedback that you have about our proposals.

You can get in contact with us through the following means:



Community relations number

0800 206 2583

Freepost address at


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