FAQ-49: Allowed Types of Pressure Tests
Question: What type of pressure test can be used to assess pipeline integrity?
Answer: The integrity management rule requires that pressure tests be conducted according to the requirements of 49 CFR Part 192, Subpart J (192.921(a)(2), 192.937(c)(2)). This test uses a medium of liquid, air, natural gas, or inert gas to raise the pressure inside a pipe to a prescribed level for a prescribed length of time. (An operator must use test pressures specified in Table 3 of section 5 of ASME/ANSI B31.8S to justify an extended reassessment interval in accordance with 192.939. See FAQ 207).
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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