Question: If a line was operating at <30% SMYS and reassessment schedules had been established based on this stress level, what requirements would need to be adopted before the line stress is raised to >30% SMYS?
Answer: Provisions applicable to pipelines operating below 30% SMYS apply to pipelines for which the MAOP is less than 30% SMYS. Increasing operating pressure to greater than 30% SMYS would require uprating pursuant to Subpart K. For integrity management purposes, the requirements applicable to each covered pipeline segment must be met at all times. Some requirements vary depending on pipe stress level. There is no grace period allowed to come back into compliance if stress levels are changed. Operators planning to increase stress levels to >30% SMYS must determine, as part of planning for that increase, whether additional actions need to be taken to be in compliance with integrity management requirements. If an assessment has not been performed in over 15 years, the maximum interval allowed for pipelines between 30 and 50% SMYS under 192.939, then an assessment would need to be conducted before the pressure increase is implemented. (Note that similar considerations are required for pressure changes that would increase stress levels to above 50% SMYS).