Activities near the gas pipeline
Statement procedure concerning activities near gas pipelines
Written authorisations within gas pipeline impact area
Written authorisations are granted through the statement procedure. In the statement procedure, matters to ensure the safety of the gas pipeline in accordance with Government Decree 551/2009 are determined, agreed upon and archived. If you are planning activities that will change the conditions that existed during gas pipeline construction or may cause vibration to a gas pipeline, contact us to find out if the statement procedure will be required.
Contact us well in advance
The most cost-efficient approach is to contact us as soon as the planning stage of your project or construction work begins. This will facilitate issues such as the selection of work methods and materials. You can also contact your local building control services for more information.
Contact us if you are planning any of the following:
- crossing a gas pipeline with a heavy vehicle on soft or weak ground
- storage on a pipeline or soil dumping within 50 m from a gas pipeline
- earthworks within 5 m from a gas pipeline
- blasting or extraction work within 30 m or extensive extraction work within 100 m from a gas pipeline
- constructing a building within 30 m from a gas pipeline or within 100 m from an anode field
- fairway construction within 30 m from a gas pipeline
- structures conducting electricity (water pipe, high voltage power line, earthing cable, district heating pipeline, etc.) in contact with the ground within 30 m from a gas pipeline
- altering groundwater surface level (including mire drainage or rehabilitation of a drained mire)
- land use plan amendment within the impact area if a gas pipeline.
To request a written authorisation, fill in the following details and the applicant contact details in the statement request form:
- location of the site to be constructed or details of the gas pipeline signpost located nearest to the site
- activity planned in the vicinity of the gas pipeline
- implementation schedule of the project
- references to any previous phone calls, reviews and documents.
Project plans, maps, etc. should primarily be submitted as PDF files.
Safety distances from natural gas pipelines
The minimum depth of cover above a pipeline is 1.0 m, with the exception of agricultural field areas where the minimum depth of cover is 1.2 m and bedrock areas where the depth of cover is 0.6 m if the bedrock surface extends 0.6 m above the top surface of the pipeline. As regards underground structures, the minimum distance for parallel installations is 1.0 m and for crossings 0.5 m. The minimum distance of agricultural subsurface drains at crossings is 0.25 m.
When determining safety distances of buildings from natural gas transmission pipelines and related above-ground equipment and installations, buildings not part of the gas pipeline system are divided into groups A and B. In case of an emergency, evacuation must be possible via a route to a direction away from the gas pipeline.
- public buildings intended for multiple users: premises intended for sleeping accommodation (hotels, hospitals, residential care homes), for gatherings (schools, cinemas, mass merchandisers), and residential buildings (blocks of flats)
- installations manufacturing, storing or using explosives
- installations handling or storing hazardous chemicals industrially
- residential buildings (houses, terraced houses), workplace buildings
- non-residential buildings regularly occupied by people
- separate fenced-off areas (fenced-off playparks or dog parks, sports grounds, horse-racing courses)
Building safety distances to underground natural gas transmission pipeline
|Nominal pipe diameter mm||Group A distance||Group B distance|
|DN ≤ 200||10 m||5 m|
|200 < DN ≤ 500||16 m||8 m|
|DN > 500||20 m||10 m|
Safety distances to above-ground parts of the natural gas transmission pipeline
|Transmission pipeline device||Group A distance||Group B distance||Highway, main road railway; distance|
|Paineenvähennys-, linjansulkuventtiili- ja kaavinasema||50 m||25 m||25 m|
|Paineenlisäysasema||100 m||50 m||50 m|
The safety distance is measured from the side of the gas pipeline, at compressor and pressure reduction stations from the protective building and at valve and scraper stations from the outermost valve or scraper trap to the closest part of the building not part of the gas pipeline system.