GAZELLE Pipeline: About the construction work

How the route of the pipeline is planned

A great deal of thought is given to the pipeline’s path when planning the construction work. The first step is to study maps of the area and to align the needs of the project with the possibilities offered by the terrain. Next, all the potential constraints must be taken into taken into consideration (inhabited areas, protected natural monuments etc.) along with any topographic obstacles. The entire path of the pipeline is then subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which is a requirement under Act No. 100/2001 Coll. for approval from the Ministry of the Environment. Finally, the relevant landowners must give their consent to the drilling of boreholes and the performance of geotechnical measurements.

NET4GAS received approval for the construction work on the basis of an EIA carried out in September 2008. It was recommended that the best option would be to construct the pipeline along the same route as existing pipelines, with new land being crossed only by the section between Mladotice and Chomutov.

How the pipeline will affect you

Most of the pipeline will follow the path of pipes already in use, running through open country away from any towns or inhabited areas. The project designer, RWE Plynoprojekt, will negotiate and conclude easement agreements with everyone whose land is to be used for the new pipeline. The project investor, NET4GAS, plans to pay financial consideration for rights of way and compensation for any restrictions resulting from the construction work, i.e. the laying of pipes or the removal of structures which might pose a risk to the safety of gas transportation. For landowners, the easement will be the only such restriction, and is necessary because, for safety reasons, Act No. 458/2000 Coll. (the “Energy Act”) requires a 4-metre wide protective zone to be maintained to each side of the pipeline’s ground plan. For the purpose of protecting lives, health and property a “safety zone” is also specified. This is a 200 m wide strip of land running along both sides of the pipeline. In the case of construction projects which are in the public interest, the Energy Act also allows the possibility of expropriation.

N4G Construction Work

NET4GAS graphic: GAZELLE construction work

The procedures employed in constructing the new pipeline will be based on firmly established best practices in modern industrial management and a range of Czech and international standards and regulations. This means that before work begins a plan will be drawn up for the management of the effects of noise and of construction traffic on local roads, as well as a plan for minimising the construction’s impact on the landscape and the environment in general. Landowners and local authorities will be notified of the working hours, the working measures employed, and the duration of the construction activities.

The amount of land used in the construction of the pipeline will be minimal – a corridor 36 m wide, and in forests only 30 m.

About NET4GAS:

NET4GAS is a reliable, strong and secure long-distance gas pipeline network operator who guarantees domestic and foreign partners availability of the transport capacity they need. All gas distributors are guaranteed non-discriminatory access to the gas transport system. NET4GAS s.r.o transports natural gas in the Czech Republic using a pipeline network that is 3,642 kilometres in length.

Contact for press:

Milan Řepka
Company Spokesman
T: +420 220 225 427
M: +420 739 537 461
E: milan.repka@net4gas.cz

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