Supporting Regulatory Changes

Structural Integrity is actively engaged with industry trade associations and transmission pipeline operators in providing constructive feedback on the significant changes proposed by PHMSA for regulations related to natural gas transmission and gathering lines. The requirements in the proposed “Safety of Gas Transmission and Gathering Pipelines NPRM” impact 49 CFR, Parts 191 and 192 and will require the application of advanced engineering, data management and inspection skills.

Structural Integrity is leveraging decades of engineering experience gained across the energy sector to bring the following proven solutions quickly and effectively to an Operator’s transmission pipeline safety program:

  • Integrity Verification Process (IVP) Program Development and Support
  • Fracture Mechanics analysis for Engineering Critical Assessments (ECA)
  • Material verification of pipeline components (grade or Yield Strength determination) [Proposed 192.607]
  • MAOP Verification plans and implementation support (Proposed 192.624)
  • Advanced quantitative risk assessment modeling algorithms with threat interaction
  • Inline Inspection data review, field NDE validation and results analysis
  • GIS identification of High and Moderate Consequence Areas (HCA, MCA) and Class Locations
  • Gap analysis of existing programs for the purpose of enhancing written procedures to meet the new regulations for corrosion control, repair, Prevention & Mitigation measures.
Integrity Plan Implementation

The good news in regards to the proposed regulatory changes is that solutions are available to allow operators to begin preparing and upgrading their current Transmission Integrity Management Programs (TIMPs) for the new regulatory requirements in the Proposed Rule immediately. Structural Integrity is supporting many operators in advance of the Final Rule to make the transition efficient.