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Energy Act 2011

Section 108: Carbon dioxide pipelines: powers of compulsory acquisition

306.Subsection (3) inserts a new section 12A into the Pipe-lines Act 1962 which provides the Secretary of State with a discretionary power to make an order granting rights over land for pipelines conveying carbon dioxide.

307.The new section 12A(1) defines the circumstances in which the new section 12A applies, namely where an existing pipeline (or part of a pipeline) is intended to be converted to carry carbon dioxide, whether that pipeline is currently in use for another purpose or not in use at all.

308.Section 12A(2) allows an application to be made to the Secretary of State by the owner of a pipeline that is to be converted to carry carbon dioxide for an order for the compulsory acquisition of rights over land that are necessary for the conversion and subsequent use of the pipeline. An order may be sought in relation to part only of the land through which the pipeline runs.

309.Sections 12A(4), 12A(6) and 12A(12) provide that equivalent conditions, procedural provisions and procedures are applied to the making of a compulsory rights order under section 12A as for an order under section 12 of the Pipelines Act 1962.

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