Pipeline Integrity Management
The requirement for pipeline owners to demonstrate and document the safe operation of their facilities must now conform to the demand of new regulations involving public safety and environmental concerns. Technical issues that were once related to inspection and maintenance operations have now become a part of the general concept of pipeline integrity management. The safety and reliability of pipelines has indeed become a corporate level social accountability issue for every operator.
What is Pipeline Integrity Management?
Just like any pressure equipment and facility containing and transporting hazardous products, pipelines are subject to regular statutory inspections, verifications and re-certifications. Until recently, such requirements have been prescriptive and, for instance, imposed a pressure testing of oil pipelines every 10 years. However, in the USA and in Europe, a novel approach is being implemented, where pipeline operators are now required to demonstrate and document that the integrity of their pipeline facilities is maintained at all times. It is also specified that pipeline owners must have assessed the risks associated with the operation of their facilities and have taken all the measures to mitigate the consequences of any failures.
Operators are asked to have in place a comprehensive integrated Pipeline Integrity Management (PIM), which is much more than a set of tools or an inspection and maintenance program, but a management system encompassing engineering, operation, inspection, maintenance, HSE and Corporate communication. What is at stake is not only the mechanical condition of the facility, its reliable operation and meeting its delivery obligations but, in case of any incident affecting the public and the environment, the image, reputation and business of the operator and his stakeholders.
What are the key benefits?
Bureau Veritas expertise will assist pipeline operators in designing Pipeline Integrity Management systems which comply with the latest regulations and standards, such as ASME B31.8S or API 1160. As a matter of fact, the implementation of a PIM is much more than the installation of a new software or database. It embraces the operator management structure and work processes, and provides a new approach to Risk Management.
Why Choose Bureau Veritas?
Bureau Veritas has been involved since its inception in the conformity assessment, the certification of facilities and organizations and has developed a vast experience in the field of Risk Assessment, Quality, Safety, and Environment Protection and Regulatory compliance. Based on this expertise, Bureau Veritas has developed a practical approach to Pipeline Integrity Management, providing guidelines and methodologies for operators. Furthermore, the association of Bureau Veritas with Gasunie and ATP brings together all the skills, expertise, operational support and local presence to offer our clients the best PIM's available on the market.
FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions
What are the specific issues related to pipelines in terms of asset integrity management?
Pipelines are assets transporting hazardous products under pressure across public property. As such, they expose people, communities and the environment to the risks of failure and contamination. On the other hand, pipelines are themselves exposed to external damages caused by third parties resulting in pipeline failure. The proper management of this interaction with the public is of paramount importance and requires an integrated and efficient integrity management system.
Is the PIMSlider compatible with existing Geographical Information Systems and management systems already in operation?
- PIMSlider is designed to interface with the GIS and management systems, such as SAP, commonly used by pipeline operators.
- PIMSlider can also come with its own GIS solution. The system is modular and is tailor made to the exact needs of each pipeline operator.
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