Are you planning a modification of the mode of operation of your pipeline, a change of media, the construction of a new pipe bridge over a body of water or the construction of new pipeline sections? Changes to long-distance pipelines usually require extensive planning approval, planning permission or notification procedures in accordance with the requirements of the UVPG (Environmental Impact Assessment Act) or the Pipeline Ordinance. Changes to existing pipelines are usually accompanied by a high level of planning effort and a need for coordination both on the part of the authorities involved and on the planning side. The weyer group can look back on a large number of successfully approved pipeline projects in recent years, which it has supervised from the initial idea through to successful approval. Tailored to your specific needs, we offer you individual solutions for approval procedures in the field of pipelines and support you from the preparation of documents and expert opinions to the monitoring of the entire approval procedure.
Do you know for sure whether your current pipeline operation is still compliant with the existing permits? We compare the target/actual status of the existing permits for your pipelines and make concrete recommendations for action. Recommendations for action can be, for example, the adaptation of internal or external documents or the need to adapt the permit situation. Within the framework of a risk analysis, possible advantages and disadvantages are compared with the concrete recommendations for action.
Despite all deregulation approaches, the frequently changing legal bases require extensive detailed knowledge. Depending on the length and dimension of the pipeline and the medium to be transported, changes to existing pipelines must either be notified or require planning approval in accordance with the UVPG. In the case of watercourse crossings or the course of the pipeline in the embankment area of watercourses, it is necessary to integrate further applications for approval in accordance with the WHG, LWG etc. In some cases, environmental impact assessments may also be necessary. We provide competent advice on the type of procedure, the subject of the application, the scope of the application and the required expert opinions and support you in dealing with the authorities.
Modifications of existing pipelines are usually accompanied by a high planning effort and need for coordination at both municipal and district government level as well as on the planning side. During the process of preparing the permit application, the project participants such as pipeline operators/owners and planners must be coordinated. In addition, the coordination with the authorities and the experts recognised according to TRFL as well as the preparation of the necessary documents for the authority procedure must take place. It is important to us to identify impending interruptions or delays at an early stage and thus save you time and money. Tailored to your specific needs, we offer you individual solutions for approval procedures in the field of pipelines. We support you from the preparation of documents and expert opinions to the monitoring of the entire approval procedure and the coordination of all project participants.
The weyer group can look back on a large number of successfully approved pipeline projects in recent years, which have been managed from the initial idea through to successful approval. We prepare all the necessary approval or notification documents and expert opinions or special documents (such as environmental impact assessments, explosion protection documents, noise immission forecasts, expert opinions on water and soil protection, etc.) for you. We also check the application documents you have prepared for completeness and plausibility. This can accelerate your procedure.
In the field of environmental impact assessments, we can also draw on many years of experience in preparing studies. If required, we can prepare the necessary environmental impact assessments or preliminary assessments of the individual case (screening).
If necessary, we could also prepare the necessary water law applications for the crossing of water bodies, the use of riparian strips or the crossing of flood plains.
As a rule, the applicant receives the draft of the approval notice for comment. This should be intensively examined by the applicant. We will be happy to support you in this analysis. If we come across (ancillary) provisions that are unfavourable for your company, we will advise you on how to coordinate with the authorities or on the most sensible technical and economic implementation.
For long-distance pipelines, the operator must prepare and update a summary documentation annually in accordance with § 4 Para. 2 RohrFLtgV. This comprehensive documentation must contain all essential safety-relevant features of the pipeline and its operation. We will be happy to prepare or support you in the preparation of the summary documentation. In addition, we check the documents you have prepared for completeness and plausibility.
The benefit to you
- Competent support in your approval procedure
- Several years of experience in cooperation with authorities and experts
- Preparation and coordination of expert opinions and technical documents
- Preparation of applications / notification and expert reports from a single source
- Acceleration of the procedure
- Relieving the workload of your own employees by reducing in-house working time due to external processing
- Saving time and costs through competent and project-specific advice
- Support until the final implementation of the permit