Working safely near high pressure pipelines

Every year, damage to our pipelines is either sustained or narrowly avoided by works carried out by Landowners, tenants and their contractors.

These buried pipelines carry extremely flammable products such as Oil, Gas and Ethylene at high pressure and damaging one could result in severe environmental damage and possible loss of life!

Always contact the pipeline operator prior to planning or undertaking any works within 50 metres of these pipelines. Contact can be made directly with the operator via telephone (if known) or by visiting Linesearchbeforeudig (LSBUD) - – to identify the owner of the apparatus in your work area.
Once identified, you should contact the pipeline operator and make arrangements for one of their representatives to meet with you on-site and locate the route of the pipeline through your work area. The pipeline representative will then discuss the safest way of undertaking the works around the pipeline and stay on-site to supervise if required. 
Below is a list of typical activities that may require pre-notification and approval from the pipeline operator. This is not an exhaustive list of works so contact should always be made prior to works beginning.

  • New or Replacement Fencing     
  • Ditch clearance 
  • Excavation activities 
  • Subsoiling 
  • Mole ploughing 
  • Drainage work 
  • Planting of trees and shrubs
  • Tree/Shrub removal 
  • Building/Construction work 
  • Installation of new services 
  • Installation/Repair of roads and tracks

Further guidance for working safely around our high-pressure pipelines can be downloaded here:

Landowner Guidance

Linewatch Special Requirements Booklet V 19.11

LW digger