Installation, inspection and operating permits of natural gas pipework and equipment
Operators performing installation work must have enough qualified employees and equipment, instruments and systems required for their operations.
Installation of natural gas pipelines and plastic pipelines may only be carried out by professional operators approved by Tukes.
Natural gas transmission pipelines and distribution pipelines made of steel can be installed by operators with operating conditions pursuant to the Natural Gas Decree.
An initial inspection is performed on all natural gas pipelines and equipment that need a construction licence from Tukes and they are also inspected every eight years in a periodic inspection. The inspections are performed by an approved inspection body.
It should be noted with regard to the inspection requirements, that regional construction licences also require inspections to be performed. An approved inspection body inspects all transmission and distribution pipelines, excluding service lines. All operational pipelines and equipment within the scope of a regional licence are inspected if they have a fuel power of 1.2MW or more.
If the site has pressure equipment that needs to be registered, their first periodic inspection should be performed before use. Pressure equipment is registered into the Tukes pressure equipment register in connection with the first periodic inspection.
Tukes inspects transmission pipelines and natural gas storages of at least 5 tons before use and grants an operating permit.
Inspection bodies grant operating permits for distribution and operational pipelines.
Sites that do not require a construction licence granted by Tukes may be introduced into use based on an approved certificate from a gas installation company.
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