Recent high profile pipeline incidents are driving federal and state regulators to demand better-validated proof of critical operating information from pipeline operators. It is likely that considerable pressure will be placed on operators over the next several years to comply with the added information demands and potentially more stringent regulation. The primary issue is traceability and validity of pipeline maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) records. This means operators will now need backward traceability to identify when a suspect component was installed, inspected and maintained, as well as where and how it was manufactured, tested, received and stored before installation. Operators will also need forward traceability to identify all locations where material from the same batch as a suspect component was installed or in inventory. Most operators will expend considerable resources in order to adequately respond to the requirements.
Willbros’ MAOP Validation services include:
- Data mining services
- Full feature study development
- Data validation and engineering sign-off
- Field services to validate facilities and perform repairs as necessary
- Geographic information system (GIS) data reconciliation
Willbros can manage and execute an operator’s entire integrity management program or any piece of it. Willbros can also re-engineer any flawed component of an operator’s integrity management program.