Laying of a pipeline

Consultation with landowners and farmers

Your own contact person at Fluxys

From the preliminary study to the site restoration phase after a pipeline has been laid, you will have your own contact person at Fluxys. This way, you will be able to consult with someone who, from the beginning, is familiar with your concerns and the characteristics of your land. Your contact person is a member of the Fluxys team of negotiators and is responsible for thoroughly understanding the interests of the owners and operators of lands concerned and defending them vis-à-vis Fluxys.

 

You are a landowner: consultation about access agreement

During the study phase, a negotiator will contact you in order to sign an easement agreement. This agreement grants Fluxys permission to use your plot of land for laying a pipeline and gives Fluxys access to the land for inspection and maintenance purposes afterwards. The easement agreement sets out an access fee, which will be paid to you before preparation of the working area. 

 

You cultivate a plot of land: consultation about evolution of the works

  • Site description. Before preparation of the working area, you and the Fluxys negotiator will draw up a joint site description. This will identify the characteristics of the plot that Fluxys must take into account when laying the pipeline and restoring the site. The document also serves as a basis to assess any damage and award compensation accordingly.
    Checklist for the site description with practical examples in French, Dutch and German    pdf
  • Specific recording process for drainage systems. If we find drainage systems while preparing the working area or digging the trench, the negotiator will draw up a document with you to describe the situation. This document will then serve as a basis to make sure that the drainage systems were restored properly once the pipeline has been laid.
  • Joint evaluation. Once a plot has been restored, the negotiator will contact you again. You will jointly assess any damage on the basis of the original inventory. An adequate amount of compensation is then agreed.

No change in how your plot of land is zoned on the spatial implementation plan

The laying of a Fluxys pipeline does not change the spatial implementation plan: agricultural land remains agricultural land. There is no change to how the land is zoned. After the pipeline is laid, a plot of land can be used just as before: a field can be worked normally. Special agreements must be made with Fluxys for specific works such as the replacement of drainage systems.

 

Legal public easement

The presence of a Fluxys pipeline does not entail any kind of dispossession of the property concerned, but does entail a legal public easement which prohibits carrying out any action in the vicinity of a pipeline that might damage the natural gas transmission installations or hinder their operation. Anyone wishing to carry out work in the immediate area of natural gas transmission infrastructure has therefore a legal obligation to inform Fluxys during the planning stage. Moreover you must follow extra obligations if you are planning works at less than 5 meters of a Fluxys pipeline.

> Read more about how to inform Fluxys
> Read more about works at less than 5 meters of a pipeline

 

Beside the legal obligation to inform Fluxys, you have extra obligations as landowners:

  • You must tell people renting, farming or buying your land that there is a Fluxys pipeline on or in the land. 
  • Finally, if you sell a plot of land or a property, you must tell the notary responsible for the sale that having a Fluxys pipeline on the land entails a legal public easement.

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