FAQ-251: Filled, Shorted, and an Incomplete Inspection
Question: Filled, Shorted, and an Incomplete Inspection: If an operator performs Guided Wave Ultrasonic Testing (GWUT) on a shorted and filled cased pipe, but is unable to clear the short and does not get 100% coverage with the GWUT inspection, has the operator satisfied the assessment requirements?
Answer: No. Because the entire carrier pipe has not been assessed, the assessment requirements have not been fulfilled in accordance with DOT regulations. If the short is not cleared, this is a high risk cased crossing and would need to be excavated and directly examined.
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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