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Industrial Gas Pipeline Integrity Management

Published by the European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA), this publication covers the integrity of industrial gas transmission pipelines for gaseous nitrogen, oxygen, argon, helium, hydrogen, carbon monoxide, and Syngas.

It addresses the integrity of industrial gas pipelines in the public domain including maintenance and operation as appropriate.

This publication covers active or in-service pipelines. Out of service or abandoned pipelines are not covered in this publication. However, the information contained in this publication may be applicable to those pipelines.

This publication addresses land-based pipelines and does not specifically address offshore pipelines. It does not cover:

  • Carbon dioxide, steam, natural gas, or water.

  • Liquid pipelines.

  • Pipelines fabricated from non-metallic material such as plastic or composite material.

  • Design of pipelines.

The document notes that to the extent that they exist, national laws can supersede the practices included in this publication. It is stressed that all local regulations, tests, safety procedures, or methods are not included in this publication and that abnormal or unusual circumstances could warrant additional requirements.

Managing the integrity of a gas pipeline system is one of the goals of every pipeline system operator, suggests the document. Pipeline system operators’ primary goal is the safe and reliable continuous operation of the pipeline to provide safe and reliable delivery of industrial gas to their customers without interruptions, adverse effects on employees, the public, or the environment.

The aim of an integrity management programme is to provide a set of safety management, operations, maintenance, evaluation, and assessment processes that are implemented in a manner to ensure pipeline system operators provide enhanced protection of pipeline assets.

The purpose of this publication is to guide individuals and teams charged with planning, implementing, and improving a pipeline integrity management programme. The pipeline integrity team typically consists of managers, engineers, and operating personnel with specific competence in detection, prevention, and mitigation activities.

The document is available here.

EIGA July 2021

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