Then, the high court issued a writ and a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) calling for, among others, the checking of the structural integrity of the WOPL and required FPIC to submit a certification from the Department of Energy (DOE) that the WOPL is safe for commercial use.
In 2013, West Tower said the DOE is incapable of determining the structural integrity of WOPL.
In a ruling made public Thursday, the high court ordered the DOE to strictly oversee the implementation of the test run of the entire stretch of the WOPL, which will be conducted by the FPIC.
The FPIC shall also demonstrate and observe various pressure and leakage tests, such as the blocked-in pressure test, while all openings of WOPL are blocked or closed off and the in-operation test or the hourly monitoring of pressure rating after the pipeline and continued inspection of the gas flow from the boreholes.
After the test, the DOE is tasked to determine if the WOPL is safe for commercial operations.