All pipelines have to be visually inspected by their operators at least every two weeks. These inspections may be carried out on foot, by car or by helicopter.
An FPI inspector accompanies these inspections every three years, which primarily focus on the following questions:
- Are there any new buildings or other structures belonging to third parties in the protection area of the pipeline?
- Have any changes taken place concerning the use of the site which could affect the pipeline in any way?
- Are there any indications of topographical occurrences (e.g. landslides) along the pipeline route?
- Do the route markings still match those specified in the regulations?
- What is the condition of special objects/components such as sections running across roads, tunnels, pipeline bridges, etc.?
Inspections of pipeline routes are concluded with a detailed report.