Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “change is the only constant in life.” The Oil & Gas industry is no exception. As we start preparing for the new year, we wanted to take some time to reflect on recent changes and prepare for what’s next. Let’s take a look at proposed rulemaking and updates from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA) and the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS).
Whether you’re a pipeline operator, government official, or part of the general public, it’s important to know where oil and gas pipelines reside, both for the safety of the community at large, and for the safety of your family and loved ones. How are you supposed to find this information? Easy! It’s called the National Pipeline Mapping System (NPMS).
The NPMS is a “dataset containing locations of and information about gas transmission and hazardous liquid pipelines and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plants which are under the jurisdiction of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)”. The information gathered and made available can be helpful in different ways to pipeline operators, government agencies, and the public.
Let’s take a look at what’s required and how it’s used by these groups.
It’s been a busy year for the oil and gas industry, and we want to keep you in the know; so we found some articles over the past month for you to scan and get up to speed on.
New Century Software is officially 23 years old! Even though our blog has 20 yearsto go to catch up to the rest of the company, in honor of our anniversary we took a look back at 23 of our (and your) favorite posts. So whether you’re revisiting a post or reading it for the first time, we hope you enjoy it!
Our Integrity Management & Compliance Symposium was so successful last year that we decided to hold it again this year May 2-3, 2017 in Galveston, TX. It’s right
around the corner and for anyone still on the fence about attending, we’ve got a few great reasons to change your mind.
2016 was a busy year for the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and pipeline compliance with many new and proposed regulations. With the start of the New Year, we thought we'd give you a quick summary of some of the ones that stood out.
With the passing of the Protecting our Infrastructure of Pipelines and Enhancing Safety Act of 2016 (PIPES Act of 2016) in June, and the new deadlines and requirements placed on PHMSA, there have been a handful of pipeline safety rules and policies released by PHMSA over the past few weeks. We wanted to give you a one stop shop to read up on each of these rules. Find a short summary of each below as well as a link to PHMSA's released statement.
PHMSA recently released an Advisory Bulletin on Pipeline Safety: Clarification of Terms Relating to Pipeline Operational Status, Docket No. PHMSA-2016-0075 concerning the idle pipeline integrity management (IM) assessments. The Advisory Bulletin states:
“Owners and operators of pipelines that are not operating but contain hazardous liquids and gas must comply with all relevant safety requirements, including periodic maintenance, integrity management assessments, damage prevention programs, and public awareness programs,”
“PHMSA will accept deferral of certain activities for purged but active pipelines. These deferred activities might include actions impractical on most purged pipelines, such as in-line inspection.”
Pipeline regulations are changing, and Integrity Plus and New Century Software are here to help you stay ahead of the game. One of the most recent proposed changes has already been implemented into our Gas HCA Analyst application, so you can get a jumpstart on evaluating the impacts of the proposed change to your integrity management programs and budgets.