Works nearby a Fluxys pipeline

Legal notification requirement

5 steps


  1. During the planning stage, the project owner – or the designer on the project owner’s behalf – must notify where the works are to be carried out as well as the nature of the works involved. Then Fluxys will inform the project owner (or designer) if it has any infrastructure in the vicinity. If it does, Fluxys provides indicative location maps of its infrastructure along with safety instructions.


  2. Once it is known which contractor will be carrying out the works, the project owner – or the designer on the project owner’s behalf – must supply this contractor with all the information provided by Fluxys.


  3. At least 15 working days before beginning works, the contractor must once again notify Fluxys of the works. The aim of this step is to ensure that contractors also have the appropriate information in cases where there is a long time between the planning stage and works being started. Fluxys responds to this notification by again providing the indicative location maps of its infrastructure along with safety instructions.


  4. At least eight working days before beginning works, the contractor must provide Fluxys with a letter sent by registered post detailing the location and timetable of the works, as well as the plans and methods for carrying it out.

  5. Fluxys asks contractors to contact Fluxys’ regional operating sector at least 48 hours before beginning works. A patrol officer will then come to the site free of charge to indicate the location of the pipeline and where and how many trial trenches have to be dug to confirm the location of the pipeline.

If you own a plot of land with a Fluxys pipeline running near it or through it

Besides the legal notification requirement, you find some other requirements:

  • You must inform people renting, farming or buying your land of the presence of a Fluxys pipeline.
  • If you sell a plot of land or a property, you must inform the notary responsible for the sale that having a Fluxys pipeline on the land entails a legal public easement.

Legal notification requirement: Royal Decree of 21 September 1988

Damage caused by works is the main reason for accidents involving pipelines. Anyone wishing to carry out work in the immediate vicinity of natural gas transmission infrastructure has a legal obligation to inform Fluxys during the planning stage and at least 15 working days before beginning work (Royal Decree of 21 September 1988 and amendments).

However, the Royal Decree sets out a special notification procedure for urgent repair work. The contractor (or principal) must tell both Fluxys and the municipal authorities that this work is beginning by telephone, fax or an equivalent method. The notification will be confirmed by registered mail within 24 hours.

> Royal Decree of 21 September 1988 in French or in Dutch

 

Notifying works: quick and easy online

  • In Flanders you must use KLIP, the Flemish Cable and Pipeline Information Portal.
  • In the Brussels Capital Region, KLIM-CICC, the Cable and Pipeline Information Database, was appointed as the central portal for notifying works. All Brussels infrastructure owners must be members of KLIM-CICC and all demands for plans for works in Brussels should be made through KLIM-CICC.
  • In the Walloon Region, KLIM-CICC is evolving into the central portal for demands for plans. Inquiries need to be made with the municipalities involved in order to transmit the demands for plans to those cable and pipeline operators who are not yet members of KLIM-CICC.

How to proceed in Flanders?

  • Visit www.klip.be, register as a user and choose your username and password.
  • Choose ‘Studiefase’ or ‘Uitvoering grondwerken’.
  • Fill in the requested information in the tab ‘Gegevens aanvraag’.
  • In the tab 'Zone', enter the address of the place where you plan to work and the system will show you a map on which you can indicate the working area.
  • Click on ‘Verzenden’ to finalize the process. KLIP examines which operators are active at the location of your works.
  • KLIP will then combine the individual responses of the operators into one response package.
  • You can consult the combined digital plan in a user-friendly way through the KLIP platform.

How to proceed in Wallonia?

  • Visit www.klim-cicc.be, register as a user and enter your user ID and password.
  • Enter the municipality and street name of the planned work site and the system will show you a map on which you can indicate the working area. Fill in the requested information and send the message through the system.
  • KLIM-CICC sends this data to the cable and pipeline operators that are members of KLIM-CICC and have infrastructure in the vicinity of the working area you've identified.
  • You will receive an email from KLIM-CICC with the list of the cable and pipeline operators involved. They in turn give you their indicative location plans of their infrastructure and the safety measures that go along.
  • Please note that some cable and pipeline operators active in Wallonia are not a member of KLIM-CICC. Therefore, always make inquiries with the municipalities involved to get the complete list of operators to meet your obligation of notifying your works.
  • For the cable and pipeline operators that are a KLIM-CICC member, you have fulfilled your duty: you can delete them from the list you received from the municipality. You only need to contact the remaining operators on that list.

How to proceed in the Brussels Capital Region?

  • Visit www.klim-cicc.be, register as a user and enter your user ID and password.
  • Enter the municipality and street name of the planned work site and the system will show you a map on which you can indicate the working area. Fill in the requested information and send the message through the system.
  • KLIM-CICC sends this data to the Brussels cable and pipeline operators that have infrastructure in the vicinity of the working area you've identified.
  • You will receive an email from KLIM-CICC with the list of the cable and pipeline operators involved. They in turn give you their indicative location plans of their infrastructure and the safety measures that go along.

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