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New In-Line Inspection Requirements

Posted by Nicole Tebow on Jun 7, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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We like to keep you in the loop of all things regarding regulatory compliance, and on March 24, 2017 the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s (PHMSA’s) Incident Notification Rule went into effect. While this regulation affected a broad range of items, from 49 CFR 190 to 49 CFR 199, we would like to discuss a couple of seemingly simple paragraphs whose implications could have easily been overlooked. Now, incorporated by reference and as a requirement for hazardous liquids, as stated under 49 CFR 195.591, In-Line Inspection of Pipelines are:

API STD 1163, In-Line Inspection Systems Qualification Standard

API STD 1163 focuses more on tool specifications, personnel qualifications, project goals, ILI selection, quality control, anomaly accuracies, operational validation, data acceptance, results verification, and statistical analysis of data.

NACE SP0102-2010, In-Line Inspection of Pipelines

NACE SP0102-2010 addresses the physical and operational characteristics and constraints, such as pipeline physical attributes for ILI passage, ILI physical characteristics, lodging (stuck tool) considerations, design and construction considerations, benchmarking and AGMs, and potential landowner notices.

ANSI/ASNT ILI-PQ-2005 (2010), In-Line Inspection Personnel Qualification and Certification

ANSI/ASNT ILI-PQ-2005 (2010) details qualification levels required for personnel performing various tool runs and corresponding data analysts. The requirements of this document are further supported by the recent Advisory Bulletin PHMSA-2016-0067: Guidance on Training and Qualification for the Integrity Management Program.

It is our perception that a lot of operators generally follow the concepts of these guidelines, but do not enact each component to the written letter as now required by the new rule. Some key items where more attention may be needed are; feedback on data validation via field findings to vendors, contract specifics regarding tool lodging and liabilities, and personnel qualifications.


For further details, the documents are available for review online and, as always, the Integrity Plus Compliance and ILI Teams are here to provide guidance and interpretation support for you.

Topics: PHMSA, ILI, 49 CFR 195

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