FAQ-236: Interpolating ASME intervals
Question: If I have hydrostatically tested my pipeline to a test pressure different than those listed in table 3 of ASME/ANSI B31.8S, how can I determine an extended reassessment interval?
Answer: Operators may use straight-line interpolation to determine acceptable intervals between the 5, 10, 15, and 20 year intervals listed in Table 3. In no case must operators reassess more frequently than once every seven years unless such frequent reassessments are determined necessary by risk assessment.
These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to clarify, explain, and promote better understanding of the pipeline integrity management rules. These FAQs are not substantive rules and do not create rights, assign duties, or impose new obligations not outlined in the existing integrity management regulations and standards. Requests for informal interpretations regarding the applicability of one or more of the pipeline integrity management rules to a specific situation may be submitted to PHMSA in accordance with 49 C.F.R. § 190.11.
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