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Public-images-osm logo.svg man_made = pipeline
A tag for major pipelines - gas, water, oil, etc.
Used on these elements
should not be used on nodes
may be used on ways
should not be used on areas
use on relations unspecified
Useful combination
Status: Approved

The pipeline key is used for major pipelines carrying liquids, gases or slurry. The pipeline may be above ground, under water or underground. Common types include gas, water, oil, slurry (mineral ore), sewage.

In some places, the pipelines are underground. For seeing where those pipelines are, there are pipeline markers (see pipeline=marker). You have to draw them as nodes of a pipeline and tag as appropiate tag. The following are examples of pipeline markers:


Data Key Value Description
Way man_made pipeline All pipelines should have a man_made=pipeline tag
type water
The type=* tag is used to identify the material carried in the pipe, if known. Typical values include 'water' (for clean water), 'drain' (for rain water or storm water), 'sewer' (for sewage and 'black' water), telecom (for telecommunication cables). Also oil, gas, slurry, hot_water, heat. Alternatively use any appropriate text for other substances
location overground
The location=* key can be used to identify if the pipe is 'underground', 'underwater' or 'overground'.
bridge yes Elevated overground pipelines allowing passage below. See also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pipeline_bridge
operator * Use the operator=name for the name of the company operating the pipeline
Node pipeline valve The pipeline=valve tag can be used on nodes on the pipeline.
Node pipeline marker element in the ground surface wich indicate an underground pipeline very near of it
pipeline:notice yes
On pipeline=marker



In Wikipedia, there is an article about pipelines. Here, there is a pipeline (maybe we could copy this file in the description of this wiki page) that we draw as a line with tags: man_made=pipeline, location=overground, type=oil, operator=BP (for example).

man_made=pipeline, location=overground, name=Trans Alaska Pipeline, operator=Trans Alaska Pipeline, type=oil. On node ref=0 maybe?

Pipelines markers

pipeline=marker, type=gas. operator=Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos CLH, S.A. (see zoom). Maybe pipeline:notice=yes for specifying there is notice for users?
pipeline=marker, type=gas, operator=Compañía Logística de Hidrocarburos CLH, S.A. (see zoom). Maybe pipeline:notice=yes for specifying there is notice for users?

In the first example, the pipeline itself is shown and not in the second. Is there any tag for that?

See also