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Supervision of pipeline operation

This duty encompasses the inspection of pipeline systems and their operators.

The FPI is required to inspect the following technical components:

  • The route of the pipeline
  • Auxiliary facilities
  • Cathodic corrosion prevention
  • Pipeline leakage tests

During its inspection of the operating company, the FPI examines whether the organisation and skills of the employees meet the high requirements that are placed on the operation of pipelines. It conducts emergency drills in order to test the operator's reaction capability, emergency organisation and collaboration with the public emergency services.

It also examines the operating regulations of the company concerned. Over the long term, the supervision of pipeline operation accounts for around 50 percent of the activities of the FPI.

Contact: Federal Pipelines Inspectorate
Last update: 19.09.2012

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