June 2014, Vol. 241, No. 6

Features

Helping Operators Comply With New IVP Regulations

Last summer the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) previewed proposed additions to its integrity management program (IMP) which require operators to test pipe segments located in high-consequence areas (HCAs) and to “devote additional focus, efforts, and analysis … to ensure the integrity of [those] pipelines.” These additions will result in what are known as integrity verification process (IVP) regulations. As it stands, these requirements would require pipeline operators to verify maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) and material properties of gas transmission lines, including pipelines constructed before 1970 that had been

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