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Workshop on the Prevention of Accidents of Gas Transmission Pipelines

8 - 9 March 2006

The Hague, Netherlands

This workshop's key objective was to exchange information on national and international developments in the field of gas pipeline safety, including the existing legal framework and best practices to prevent, control and reduce the impact of gas pipeline failures and accidents. The workshop focused mainly on: risk assessment, land use planning and information policy.

This workshop contributed also to the further development of the safety guidelines/best practices for pipelines, a document being prepared at the joint request of the governing bodies of the Industrial Accidents and the Water Conventions.

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Information notice
(ECE/CP.TEIA/SEM.1/2006/1 ECE/MP.WAT/SEM.7/2006/1)

Report
(ECE/CP.TEIA/SEM.1/2006/2 ECE/MP.WAT/SEM.7/2006/2)

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Section I: Setting the scene

UNECE initiative with respect to pipeline safety - Mr. Sergiusz Ludwiczak, Secretary of the Conference of the Parties to the Industrial Acicdents Convention

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European gas industry - pro-active attitude concerning pipeline safety - Mr. Daniel Hec, Marcogaz

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Comparison of safety aspects: oil versus gas pipelines - Jorg Ludwig, Federal Institute for Material Research and Testing, Germany

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Section II: Risk Assessment on pipelines - methods and criteria

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The German approach - Mr. Klaus Söntgerath, Landesbergant Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

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The Dutch approach - Mr. Gerald Laheij, RIVM, Netherlands

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The Swiss approach - Mr. Bernard Gay, Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN) Division Air, NIR, Safety Section, Safety of Installations

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Session III: Land-use planning

Example for land-use planning policies, good practices - Mr. Michael Struckl, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Ispra

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Land-use planning and policy in the Netherlands - Ms. Carla Speel-Zuiderwijk, External Safety Directorate, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, Netherlands

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Session IV: Information Policy

Risk communication on pipeline safety in Georgia - Mr. Revaz Enukidze, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Georgia

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Preventing demage to underground utilities while digging - Ms. A. van Rijn, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Netherlands

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Principles of the safety management system in the gas transmission: the Snam Rete Gas experience - Mr. Pierluigi Caribotti, Health Safety and Innovation Manager, Snam Rete Gas, Italy

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Guideline for the Definition of Performance Indicators for Safety Management Systems - Mr. Rien Kornalijnslipper and Mr. Jeroen Zanting, Gasumie (member of the Marcogaz Working Group), Netherlands

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Session V: Lessons learnt

Gas Pipeline Explosion at Ghislenghien, Belgium - Ms. Berenice Crabs, Fluxys, Belgium

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Pipeline accident in Nordrhein Westfalen, Germany - Mr. Norbert Wiese, Landesumweltant Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

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EGIG database - lessons learnt from accidents - Mr. Dick van den Brand, Gasunie, Netherlands>

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Concluding session:

Discussion on the draft safety guidelines/good practices for pipelines

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