Laying of a pipeline

Compensation for the forestry community

Memorandum of understanding with the forestry community

When Fluxys Belgium carries out work on its infrastructure or lays new pipelines, the work site can sometimes traverse or adjoin woods or forests. This means that good neighbourly relations between Fluxys Belgium and owners of woodland and individuals or companies operating on the land in such areas are of the utmost importance. In this light, Fluxys Belgium signed memorandums of understanding in 1998 with Landelijk Vlaanderen and with Nature, Terres et Forêts.

> Memorandum of understanding with Landelijk Vlaanderen vzw    pdf

> Memorandum of understanding with Syndicat des Propriétaires Ruraux en Région wallonne    pdf

Fluxys always makes sure that it organises its work in such a way as to avoid or minimise damage to planted trees, in particular in woods and forests. If deforestation is needed to allow its facilities to be laid, maintained and operated, Fluxys Belgium pays compensation to the landowners and the individuals or companies operating on this land. In a spirit of good neighbourly relations, they supply Fluxys Belgium with full up-to-date details of their land while Fluxys informs them of the nature, location and length of the work and the form of compensation for the losses/damage incurred. In addition, Fluxys Belgium ensures that the land is restored as closely as possible to its original state once the work has been completed.

Fair compensation

To ensure fair compensation for the loss of earnings and any other inconvenience caused by a pipeline passing through or across the land, the memorandum of understanding includes transparent measures that standardise compensation payments, with the amounts based on the compensation for felling trees, which is calculated on the basis of the marketability of the trees, the loss of income and the risk of windfall.

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