Recent high profile pipeline incidents are driving federal and state regulators to demand better-validated proof of critical operating information from pipeline operators for the entire lifecycle of every pipeline in their systems. It is highly likely that considerable pressure will be placed on operators over the next several years to comply with the added information demands and inevitably more stringent regulations.
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 also will 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 to adequately respond to these anticipated new requirements.
We’re here to help: Willbros sets the standard in pipeline integrity management (PIM) support. We can manage and execute an operator’s entire PIM program or any piece of it, including re-engineering any flawed component of the program. We also can help write the Integrity Management Plan (IMP) that is required by regulation as a framework for PIM program development and evolves into a more comprehensive, detailed and actionable plan throughout a pipeline’s lifecycle. And Willbros can support operators during on-site audits by federal and state regulatory authorities, ensuring the IMP and operating procedures are in compliance with integrity protocols.
Willbros offers the full suite of PIM lifecycle services:
- Integrity Management Plan (IMP) Development
- HCA Identification and Class Location Analysis
- Risk Assessment
- Threat Assessment
- Baseline Assessment Plan (BAP)
- Integrity Assessment
- Discovery Management
- Repair and Remediation
- Prevention and Mitigation
- Reporting and Performance Measurement
- Federal and State Audit Assistance
- MAOP Validation