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Confined Spaces Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1999

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Disapplication in respect of pipelines

6.—(1) Paragraph 2 shall not apply to—

(a)any pipeline;

(b)any pipeline works; or

(c)the following activities in connection with pipeline works—

(i)the loading, unloading, fuelling or provisioning of a vessel;

(ii)the loading, unloading, fuelling, repair and maintenance of an aircraft on a vessel,

being in either case a vessel which is engaged in pipeline works.

(2) In this paragraph—

  • “pipeline” means a pipe or system of pipes for the conveyance of any thing, together with—


    any apparatus for inducing or facilitating the flow of any thing through, or through a part of, the pipe or system;


    any apparatus for treating or cooling any thing which is to flow through, or through a part of, the pipe or system;


    valves, valve chambers and similar works which are annexed to, or incorporated in the course of, the pipe or system;


    apparatus for supplying energy for the operation of any such apparatus or works as are mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c);


    apparatus for the transmission of information for the operation of the pipe or system;


    apparatus for the cathodic protection of the pipe or system; and


    a structure used or to be used solely for the support of a part of the pipe or system;

  • “pipeline works” means—


    assembling or placing a pipeline or length of pipeline including the provision of internal or external protection for it;


    inspecting, testing, maintaining, adjusting, repairing, altering or renewing a pipeline or length of pipeline;


    changing the position of or dismantling or removing a pipeline or length of pipeline;


    opening the bed of the sea for the purposes of the works mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (c), and tunnelling or boring for those purposes;


    any activities incidental to the activities described in paragraphs (a) to (d);


    diving operations in connection with any of the works mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (e) or for the purpose of determining whether a place is suitable as part of the site of a proposed pipeline and the carrying out of surveying operations for settling the route of a proposed pipeline.

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