Sector plan for health and safety in gas and pipelines
This sector covers natural gas transmission and distribution networks together with chemical, hydrocarbon and petrochemical pipelines. Also covered are sub-sea pipelines associated with crude oil and gas production and storage on the UK continental shelf, as well as those pipelines used for importing and exporting gas to and from Europe and Norway.
Great Britain’s pipeline infrastructure is crucial to ensuring the country’s energy needs are met. Pipeline supply failures have the potential to leave industry without energy and essential raw materials, and the public without heating. The sector is characterised by significant quantities of hazardous substances with the potential for major hazard incidents affecting workers, the public and the environment.
This plan covers the current position, priorities and what HSE will do to help Great Britain work well.