Viva Energy owns and/or operates a number of high-pressure pipelines within Australia.
These pipelines, developed over many years, are licenced to carry products such as crude oil, petroleum products and LPG.
To ensure the integrity of our pipelines, we carry out maintenance and a range of inspections including daily vehicle patrols and pipeline condition surveys. We also work with regulators, developers, property owners, councils, road and rail authorities to ensure development around our pipelines is planned appropriately and constructed in accordance with Australian Standards.
High pressure pipelines transport crude oil or petroleum products over long distances at very high pressure.
To ensure the safety of people living or working near pipelines, it is important to know some basic rules before you dig or plan to build.
Warning signs positioned at regular intervals above the ground identify pipeline locations, but not exactly where to find the buried pipeline. You must contact Viva Energy to obtain the exact location of the pipeline.
If a pipeline traverses your property
There are conditions associated with a pipeline easement registered on your property title that determine what you can and cannot do in the vicinity of a pipeline.
This includes the requirement to get written approval from Viva Energy PRIOR to any activities being undertaken, such as:
- Replacing or installing fencing
- Any earthworks, including digging
- Land levelling or contouring
- Landscaping and planting trees
- Storing material or erecting structures
- The use of explosives
- The use of vibrating machinery
- Transporting heavy machinery or loads
- Any development on your property
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Download our brochure: Pipeline Maintenance
The operation of Australian high-pressure pipelines has an excellent safety record, so we need to work together to maintain this record. Pipelines were designed for the conditions at the time of construction, so the risk to pipelines can increase if the land use around them changes.
Viva Energy’s pipelines are designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with the relevant State Pipelines Act, Pipelines Regulations and Australian Standards (AS 2885 Pipelines − gas and liquid petroleum). This ensures the integrity of the pipeline and community safety.
Planners and developers play a key role in helping us to manage risk by working with us to identify our pipelines early in the planning process. This ensures that the associated requirements, risks and issues around pipeline safety are incorporated in the design phase of any planning scheme or development. This is particularly important when planning for sensitive land uses, such as aged care facilities, hospitals, medical centres, schools, childcare centres and kindergartens.
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We’re here to help
Please contact us to discuss how we can help in the early stages of planning, to ensure safer developments and communities.
We believe that urban development can be achieved safely in the vicinity of high-pressure pipelines, as long as the associated risks are managed in accordance with the requirements of Australian Standards.
We collaborate with local authorities to ensure safe land use around high-pressure pipelines and we can also provide them with a planning overlay, to help identify our pipelines and other assets.
Please speak to us about:
- Planning land use within or near high-pressure pipeline corridors
- New developments
Dial Before You Dig is a free national community service designed to prevent damage and disruption to the vast pipe and cable networks that provide Australia with the essential services we use every day – including fuel, electricity, gas, communications and water.
Before digging, you have a legal duty of care to take all appropriate steps to identify, locate and protect pipelines and underground services from damage or interference due to your work.
Viva Energy strongly encourages the use of the Dial Before You Dig service.
Plan the work early. The first step is to request plans and information from Dial Before You Dig – this service is fast and free, and operates 24/7.
Visit the Dial Before You Dig website at www.1100.com.au or call 1100 during business hours to request plans.
Download our Conditions for work and land use brochures