You will need this licence if you intend to construct a petroleum pipeline outside the area of your petroleum lease. A petroleum pipeline licence (PPL) gives you the right to construct and operate the pipeline on designated 'pipeline land.'
There are two types of licence available:
- Area PPL - allows you to build a system of pipes within the area of the licence without having to have a licence for each single pipeline. An area PPL can extend over several adjacent petroleum leases.
- Point-to-point PPL - granted from one point, or points, to another point, or points.
The preferred way of securing designated pipeline land is usually to use existing road, rail or powerline easements. However, if the pipeline needs to cross private land, you will have to consult with the landowner about obtaining land for your pipeline. These discussions will usually result in the creation of an easement on private land in return for some form of compensation. If the landowner refuses to negotiate with you, or refuses you easement access, you can apply for a Part 5 permission.