New Construction Inspection and Regulations for Pipelines

February 12, 2015 :: Houston, TX

Approved for 6 CLE credits in the State of Mississippi

Overview

Many pipeline integrity issues start (and are conversely, averted) at the construction stage. Pipeline design and construction are at the heart of a safe, efficient pipeline network.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) establishes minimum safety standards for the design, installation, and construction of pipeline facilities.   Although DOT has established and enforced standards for pipeline construction since it began regulating the safety of pipelines in the late 1960s, it has only been in recent years that DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration (PHMSA) has stepped up efforts to interpret its construction and design oversight authority and to take an active role in monitoring pipeline projects for compliance with its safety standards before pipe is laid in the ground.

In recent reauthorizations of the Pipeline Safety Act (PSA), Congress strengthened PHMSA’s ability to enforce its safety standards during the early stages of a pipeline project by allowing the Agency to recover its costs in conducting facility design safety reviews for certain large-scale projects.

In this New Construction Inspection and Regulations for Pipelines course, our instructors take you through new construction regulations for hazardous liquid and gas transmission pipelines as well as inspection triggers, pre-audit procedures, what happens in an audit, and inspection follow-up.

Preparation is the key to success when going into a construction inspection. This course will provide the tools to evaluate current procedures and specifications surrounding construction. Before construction begins, it is critical to have detailed procedures and specification that address all regulations and recommended practices surrounding construction process.

This course provides the framework for a proactive, system-like-approach to complying with new construction regulations and creating a successful inspection plan.   Our instructors will break down each section in a down-to-earth format and add real world examples.  Through their combined expertise, our instructor team will guide participants through what to expect, plan for and document for their next inspection and audit.

Specific Course Topics Include: 

  • General PHMSA Inspection Procedures
  • Construction Notifications
  • Gas Pipeline Construction Inspections
  • Liquid Pipeline Construction Inspections
  • PHMSA FAQs for Pipeline Construction
  • PHMSA Construction Protocols
  • Pre-Inspection Documentation Requests
  • Field Inspection
  • Post Inspection Documentation Requests
  • Pipeline Inspection in the Utica Shale Region
  • New Construction and Rehab Lines – Considerations and Procedures
  • Geographic Considerations

This Training Is Useful For:

  • O&G executives and managers
  • Pipeline project managers
  • Safety managers
  • Compliance managers
  • Energy attorneys
  • Regulators and regulatory affairs personnel
  • Engineers
  • Risk-management consultants
  • Energy consultants

Agenda

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Registration

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Group Lunch

8:00 – 9:30 a.m.   Introduction & Overview
  • General PHMSA Inspection Procedures
  • Construction Notifications
  • National Registry of Pipeline and LNG Operators (191.22 & 195.64)
  • General PHMSA Inspection Procedures
  • Part 195 (Liquid Systems) vs. Part 192(Gas) Systems
  • Construction Manuals 
John Jacobi, Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services, G2 Partners

 

 9:30 – 9:45 a.m. Morning Break

 

 9:45 – 11:15 a.m. Regulation Overview (Continued)
  • Gas Pipeline Construction Inspections
  • Liquid Pipeline Construction Inspections
  • Web Resources 
  • PHMSA FAQs for Pipeline Construction 
  • PHMSA Construction Home Page 
  • PHMSA Construction Protocols 
John Jacobi, Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services, G2 Partners
 
 
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Case Study: Pennant Midstream NGL Line
The Pennant Midstream NGL line was a joint venture between Harvest Pipeline and NiSource. The companies constructed a NGL Pipeline in the Utica Shale region.  In this case study, Harvest discusses the inspection of its project:  13 miles of 16-inch and 21 miles of 20”, DOT 195 HVL (Highly Volatile Liquids) pipeline in northeast Ohio.

Maurice “Moe” Barnes, Jr., Construction Manager, Harvest Pipeline 

12:15 – 1:15 p.m. Group Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Welds for New Construction and Rehab Lines – Considerations, Procedures and Testing

  • Destructive Testing
  • Nondestructive Testing
  • Weld and Base Metal Discontinuities
  • Defects
  • Cracks and Types
  • Testing: Penetrant, Magnetic Particle, Radiographic, Ultrasonic, Weld, Eddy Current

 John Jewett, Director of Compliance, Genesis Energy

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Afternoon Break

3:15 – 4:45 p.m. Case Study – North Dakota Construction Inspection
  • Pre-Inspection Documentation Requests 
  • Field Inspection 
  • Post Inspection Documentation Requests 
  • Lessons Learned

Matthew Stratmann, Director of Regulatory and GIS, Summit Midstream Partners

 4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Final Questions and Wrap-up


 

Course Location :: Houston, TX

To register multiple people or if you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact us at 720-491-1173 or denise@becomekinetic.com

 

Our Instructors

Maurice “Moe” Barnes, Jr., Construction Manager, Harvest Pipeline

 
John Jacobi, Vice President, Pipeline Systems Compliance and Operations Services
 
John Jewett, Director of Compliance, Genesis Energy
 
Matthew Stratmann, Director of Regulatory and GIS, Summit Midstream Partners

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