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(1)This section applies where—
(a)a person has made an application of a kind mentioned in subsection (1) of section 82 to the owner of a pipeline or facility, and
(b)the applicant and the owner have not reached agreement on the application.
(2)The Secretary of State may on his or her own initiative give a notice under subsection (11) of section 82 which would secure to the applicant the right sought in the application; but this is subject to subsection (8) of that section and subsections (3) and (4).
(3)The Secretary of State may not exercise the power conferred by subsection (2) unless the Secretary of State is satisfied that—
(a)the applicant and the owner have had a reasonable time in which to reach agreement on the application; and
(b)there is no realistic prospect of them doing so.
(4)In considering whether to exercise the power conferred by subsection (2) the Secretary of State must—
(a)take into account (so far as relevant) the matters mentioned in paragraphs (a) to (g) of subsection (7) of section 82;
(b)give the persons mentioned in subsection (5) an opportunity to be heard.
(5)Those persons are—
(a)the applicant and the owner;
(b)any person with a right to have anything conveyed by the pipeline or processed by the facility;
(c)the Health and Safety Executive; and
(d)such other persons as the Secretary of State considers appropriate.
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