Obligations and guarantees
Compliance / Quality
Strict controls on the quality and the quantity of strategic reserves
Products need to be periodically upgraded to guarantee their quality and to be maintained at current market standards. Ad hoc product upgrade measures are discussed and implemented with the oil operators every time regulatory product specifications change. The obligation to maintain the quantities and qualities of SAGESS stocks rests, by contract, with the plant operators.. Stock quantities and qualities are regularly controlled by technical inspectors appointed by SAGESS. Customs officials also periodically perform audits on site. Storage standards are subject to a double process of inspection: a qualitative control on the conformity of the products to avoid stock degradation (sample checks) and a quantitative control of the site, ensuring that SAGESS and plant operators respect the volume of strategic reserves determined by the public authorities (through an audit and/or physical control of the products). The frequency of controls is at the discretion of SAGESS; any negative results are communicated to the responsible ministry.
Strict safety regulations
SAGESS is constantly aware of the operations undertaken by its contractors. For the Manosque pipeline, for example, operational safety is assured in several ways. Firstly, the construction itself has a high safety level (reinforced steel used for the piping, thicker pipes, routine checks for all the welding). As well, strengthened safety measures is part of the maintenance (permanent cathodic protection, electronic surveillance system, regular instrument detection, structural checks). Finally, every month the pipeline is monitored on the ground and by air to detect any safety hazards (as well as checks on past work and on works undertaken by private individuals on their own property).
Special focus on environmental protection
During construction of the Manosque pipeline (before, during and also today), as well as at the time of each stage of the supply chain, environmental protection was and remains a constant focus for SAGESS. Compensatory measures were granted, for example, in the case of properties which couldn’t be rebuilt in an excactly identical manner. The layout of the pipeline and ensuing works were defined to minimize impact on protected areas.