BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 10
The Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) adopted the technical regulations of the Eurasian Economic Union ‘On requirements for trunk pipelines for the transportation of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons,’ Trend reports citing the Ministry of Energy of Kazakhstan.
The technical regulations (TR EAEU 049/2020) were approved by decision No.121 of the EAEU Council dated December 23, 2020.
The requirements come into force on July 1, 2021.
The technical regulations establish the requirements for main pipelines for the transportation of liquid and gaseous hydrocarbons during design (including engineering surveys), construction (reconstruction), operation (acceptance and commissioning, conservation), disposal (liquidation), mandatory for application and implementation in the customs territory of the EAEU. , the rules for assessing their conformity and labeling with a single product circulation mark on the Union market.
The document also contains a list of minimum distances to the main pipeline from facilities, buildings, and structures that are not part of the main pipeline and the boundaries of the protected zones of main pipelines.
The requirements of the technical regulation do not apply to pipelines of gas distribution and gas consumption networks, pipelines of autonomous gas supply networks and automobile gas-filling compressor stations, offshore pipelines, field and inter-field pipelines, pipelines for transporting a wide fraction of light hydrocarbons, and liquefied hydrocarbon gases, as well as pipelines intended for the implementation of and provision of technological processes for the extraction and (or) processing of hydrocarbon raw materials.
The EAEU countries unify the operation standards of gas and oil transportation systems as part of the creation by 2025 of a common market for gas, oil, and oil products in accordance with the programs for the formation of common markets for gas, oil, and oil products of the EAEU (approved by the decisions No.18 and No.23 of the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council on December 6, 2018).