How New Regulations in North America are Changing Pipeline Standards
This presentation will cover how pipeline operators are changing their standards based on the new and anticipated regulations in North America. The growing number of pipeline incidents is a major concern and we have seen a substantial change over the past year especially in the United States as the industry is anticipating the new regulations to be released by PHMSA in 2017. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is a United States Department of Transportation agency, responsible for developing and enforcing regulations for the safe, reliable, and environmentally sound operation of the over 2.6 million miles of pipeline transportation in the USA. Although many refer to the Notice of Proposed Rule Making published by PHMSA as the “Mega Gas Rule” it outlines changes to gas, liquids and gathering pipelines. Major areas of concern will be discussed such as: Reliable, Traceable, Verifiable and Complete, Moderate Consequence Areas, The “Grandfather” clause, MAOP Verification, etc. Although this proposed rule will only immediately effect the USA, Canada typically adopts similar regulations following the USA. Also, with Mexico being a growing opportunity for the oil and gas industry and many lines flowing from the US into Mexico and the operating companies being based in the US or Canada, the regulations will most likely need to be followed throughout all of North America.