PHMSA Gas Transmission (GT) Integrity Management
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The use of testing techniques as allowed in this subpart to ascertain the condition of a covered pipeline segment.
- Confirmatory Direct Assessment (CDA)
An integrity assessment method using more focused application of the principles and techniques of direct assessment to identify internal and external corrosion in a covered transmission pipeline segment.
- Covered Segment
A segment of gas transmission pipeline located in a high consequence area. The terms gas and transmission line are defined in § 192.3.
- Direct Assessment (DA)
An integrity assessment method that utilizes a process to evaluate certain threats (i.e., external corrosion, internal corrosion and stress corrosion cracking) to a covered pipeline segment's integrity. The process includes the gathering and integration of risk factor data, indirect examination or analysis to identify areas of suspected corrosion, direct examination of the pipeline in these areas, and post assessment evaluation.
- ECDA Region
A section or sections of a pipeline that have similar physical characteristics and operating history and in which the same indirect inspection tools are used.
- External Corrosion Direct Assessment (ECDA)
ECDA is a four-step process that combines preassessment, indirect inspection, direct examination, and post assessment to evaluate the threat of external corrosion to the integrity of a pipeline.
- High Consequence Area (HCA)
- High Consequence Area means an area established by one of the methods described in paragraphs (1) or (2) as follows:
(1) An area defined as -
(2) The area within a potential impact circle containing
- a Class 3 location under § 192.5; or
- a Class 4 location under § 192.5; or
- Any area in a Class 1 or Class 2 location where the potential impact radius is greater than 660 feet (200 meters), and the area within a potential impact circle contains 20 or more buildings intended for human occupancy; or
- Any area in a Class 1 or Class 2 location where the potential impact circle contains an identified site.
(3) Where a potential impact circle is calculated under either method (1) or (2) to establish a high consequence area, the length of the high consequence area extends axially along the length of the pipeline from the outermost edge of the first potential impact circle that contains either an identified site or 20 or more buildings intended for human occupancy to the outermost edge of the last contiguous potential impact circle that contains either an identified site or 20 or more buildings intended for human occupancy. (See Figure E.I.A. in appendix E.)
- 20 or more buildings intended for human occupancy, unless the exception in paragraph (4) applies; or
- an identified site.
(4) If in identifying a high consequence area under paragraph (1)(iii) of this definition or paragraph (2)(i) of this definition, the radius of the potential impact circle is greater than 660 feet (200 meters), the operator may identify a high consequence area based on a prorated number of buildings intended for human occupancy within a distance 660 feet (200 meters) from the centerline of the pipeline until December17, 2006. If an operator chooses this approach, the operator must prorate the number of buildings intended for human occupancy based on the ratio of an area with a radius of 660 feet (200 meters) to the area of the potential impact circle (i.e., the prorated number of buildings intended for human occupancy is equal to [20 × (660 feet [or 200 meters ]/ potential impact radius in feet [or meters]) 2]).
- ICDA Region
An ICDA Region extends from the location where liquid may first enter the pipeline and encompasses the entire area along the pipeline where internal corrosion may occur and where further evaluation is needed.
- Identified Site
- (a) An outside area or open structure that is occupied by twenty (20) or more persons on at least 50 days in any twelve (12)- month period. (The days need not be consecutive). Examples include but are not limited to, beaches, playgrounds, recreational facilities, camping grounds, outdoor theaters, stadiums, recreational areas near a body of water, or areas outside a rural building such as a religious facility; or
(b) A building that is occupied by twenty (20) or more persons on at least five (5) days a week for ten (10) weeks in any twelve (12)- month period. (The days and weeks need not be consecutive). Examples include, but are not limited to, religious facilities, office buildings, community centers, general stores, 4-H facilities, or roller skating rinks; or
(c) A facility occupied by persons who are confined, are of impaired mobility, or would be difficult to evacuate. Examples include but are not limited to hospitals, prisons, schools, day-care facilities, retirement facilities or assisted-living facilities.
- Internal Corrosion Direct Assessment (ICDA)
A process an operator uses to identify areas along the pipeline where fluid or other electrolyte introduced during normal operation or by an upset condition may reside, and then focuses direct examination on the locations in covered segments where internal corrosion is most likely to exist. The process identifies the potential for internal corrosion caused by microorganisms, or fluid with CO2, O2, hydrogen sulfide or other contaminants present in the gas.
- Low-Frequency Electric Resistance Welding (LFERW)
- Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP)
- Potential Impact Circle
A circle of radius equal to the potential impact radius (PIR).
- Potential Impact Radius (PIR)
- The radius of a circle within which the potential failure of a pipeline could have significant impact on people or property. PIR is determined by the formula r = 0.69 * (square root of (p*d2)), where r = is the radius of a circular area in feet surrounding the point of failure, p is the maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) in the pipeline segment in pounds per square inch and d is the nominal diameter of the pipeline in inches.
Note: 0.69 is the factor for natural gas. This number will vary for other gases depending upon their heat of combustion. An operator transporting gas other than natural gas must use Section 3.2 of ASME/ANSI B31.8S to calculate the impact radius formula. (See Appendix A to part 192 for information on availability of standards that are incorporated by reference.)
Repair or mitigation activity an operator takes on a covered segment to limit or reduce the probability of an undesired event occurring or the expected consequences from the event.
- Specified Minimum Yield Strength (SMYS)
- Stress Corrosion Cracking Direct Assessment (SCCDA)
A process to assess a covered pipe segment for the presence of SCC primarily by systematically gathering and analyzing excavation data for pipe having similar operational characteristics and residing in a similar physical environment.
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