Working near high pressure pipelines

We own and operate 74,000km of gas mains, including high pressure (HP) pipelines, which are a critical part of our national infrastructure.

As these pipelines run underground across the length and breadth of the country, it's inevitable that work will need to be carried out near them at times.

The most common cause of incidents involving our gas network is damage by others. There’s a risk of damage whenever land, such as farming land, is disturbed. This includes excavation, ditching, drainage work, fence installation or anything else within the proximity of our pipelines. Not only is damaging a pipeline illegal, but the consequences can be catastrophic.

e-Learning for damage prevention

We offer free e-Learning which highlights the importance of working safely near gas pipelines and gives clear guidance on what to do before you start any work. This short 10-15 minute course is available for students, farmers, landowners, contractors and anyone who wants to learn. Click on this link to take the course.

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Know what’s below before you dig

If you're a farmer or landowner planning to carry out work which disrupts your land including excavating, ditching and drainage works, call us on 0800 912 1722. We'll visit your site free of charge to help you plan your work and mark the location of any pipelines.

You can also use, a free online service that lets you see where all the different utility pipes and cables are so you can dig safely around them. 

We’re working in partnership with National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs (NFYFC), Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), Ayrshire Agricultural Association to highlight the importance of working safely near our gas pipelines.

What to do if you hit a pipe

If you or your contractors hit a gas pipe, call the National Gas Emergency Service 24 hours a day on 0800 111 999 immediately.