TRC has joined with T.D. Williamson (TDW) to support pipeline operators with safe, reliable and efficient services to get them in compliance with the new federal “Gas Mega Rule.” The Gas Mega Rule – the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s revisions to 49 CFR Parts 191 and 192 – are expected to go into effect in August.
“The main challenge that operators face with the upcoming Gas Mega Rule is material verification, maximum allowable operating pressure (MAOP) reconfirmation and records/data management (storage, access, availability or quality),” said Mike Kirkwood, director of integrity engineering solutions for TDW.
The partnership between TRC and TDW brings together two pipeline service providers that have been supporting pipeline integrity operators for decades.
Using TRC’s Strategic Advisory Service (SAS) Assessment of discovery, gap analysis and action planning, the team will determine the existing condition of the traceable, verifiable and complete pipeline asset records and data to calculate MAOP. TRC and TDW then review the assessment and define a clear and cost-effective path forward.
TDW then uses in-line inspection (ILI) technologies and non-destructive examination (NDE) testing, to eliminate the need for pressure testing. Its patented positive material identification (PMI) uses a variety of non-destructive tools and techniques to generate traceable, verifiable and complete pipe records for in-situ pipe material verification, providing trusted results that help operators to avoid shutdown. This process creates an individual solution tailored to the specific asset conditions and generates a system-wide approach.
When TDW has completed its ILI run and field verification and have validated PMI, it works with the SAS team at TRC for a data and results hand-off. TRC reconfirms MAOP, creates documentation, updates the operator’s GIS system and assists with data management best practices.