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UKOPA and its members operate over 27,000kms of pipelines conveying gas, chemicals, oils and refined products across the UK. Safe operation of this network is a vital part of domestic and industrial life in this country and the UK pipeline industry has an excellent safety record.

UKOPA reputation has grown over the last ten years and now over (90) % of all UK Pipeline Operators are members – hyperlink to the list of Members. In 2011 UKOPA welcomed its first international member with a pipeline operator from Europe joining the association.

UKOPA provides pipeline operators and other industry stakeholders, including the Health and Safety Executive with a forum for discussions on topical issues, knowledge sharing and promoting best practice across the industry. A number of the documents and publications which have been developed in this connection are included in other sections of the website, and additional UKOPA reference documents on a range of topics which may be of interest to the pipeline industry in general are included below.

There are two full meetings which are attend by all members, where progress on implementing the strategy is reviewed along with the sharing of best practices and presentations on key topics of interest to members.  Presentation by external organisations and company’s are welcomed following invitation from a UKOPA member.

In addition to the business meetings UKOPA holds a Technical Seminar each year aimed at sharing pipeline operation best practice and learning across all the member company’s engineers and staff.  The seminar’s which are held in May / June have proved very successful and are open representatives from each member company.

UKOPA has a five of working groups who meet on a regular basis to carry out the work to deliver the UKOPA strategy, and membership of the work groups are provided by UKOPA members, although a representative of the Health and Safety Executive does participate in one of the work groups.

The working groups are:

The Emergency Planning Work Group (EPWG).

The Risk Assessment Work Group (RAWG).

The Fault Data Management Group (FDMG).

The Infringement Work Group (IWG).

The Process Safety Work Group (PSWG).