Ministry of Fuel and Power, Petroleum Warfare Department and Predecessor:Petroleum Warfare Division Files
The Petroleum Warfare Department was set up in 1940 to develop new war weapons and devices making use of petroleum.
These are unregistered files which contain information relating to schemes developed to utilize petroleum for wartime purposes, including PLUTO ( Pipeline Underwater Transport of Oil).
Petroleum Department, 1940-1942
In the spring of 1942 a working party was set up to consider the oil aspect of the cross-channel invasion (OVERLORD). One of the projects considered was an extension of the English pipeline network from the south coast across the English Channel to link directly with military pipelines moving forward behind the armies on the other side. This scheme was known as PLUTO (Pipeline Underwater Transport of Oil). In the early stages of the work the co-ordinating function was carried out by the Petroleum Department but on 1 April 1943 the responsibility for design, development and administrative work in connection with Pluto was transferred to the Petroleum Warfare Department.
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