PART 195 APPENDIX B
|Pipeline segment||Risk classification||Test deadline 1||Test medium|
|Pre-1970 Pipeline Segments susceptible to longitudinal seam failures 2||C or B
|All Other Pipeline Segments||C||12/7/2002 4||Water only.|
|B||12/7/2004 4||Water/Liq. 5|
|A||Additional pressure testing not required.|
1 If operational experience indicates a history of past failures for a particular pipeline segment, failure causes (time-dependent defects due to corrosion, construction, manufacture, or transmission problems, etc.) shall be reviewed in determining risk classification (See Table 6) and the timing of the pressure test should be accelerated.
2 All pre-1970 ERW pipeline segments may not require testing. In determining which ERW pipeline segments should be included in this category, an operator must consider the seam-related leak history of the pipe and pipe manufacturing information as available, which may include the pipe steel's mechanical properties, including fracture toughness; the manufacturing process and controls related to seam properties, including whether the ERW process was high-frequency or low-frequency, whether the weld seam was heat treated, whether the seam was inspected, the test pressure and duration during mill hydrotest; the quality control of the steel-making process; and other factors pertinent to seam properties and quality.
3 For those pipeline operators with extensive mileage of pre-1970 ERW pipe, any waiver requests for timing relief should be supported by an assessment of hazards in accordance with location, product, volume, and probability of failure considerations consistent with Tables 3, 4, 5, and 6.
4 A magnetic flux leakage or ultrasonic internal inspection survey may be utilized as an alternative to pressure testing where leak history and operating experience do not indicate leaks caused by longitudinal cracks or seam failures.
5 Pressure tests utilizing a hydrocarbon liquid may be conducted, but only with a liquid which does not vaporize rapidly.
Using LOCATION, PRODUCT, VOLUME, and FAILURE HISTORY “Indicators” from Tables 3, 4, 5, and 6 respectively, the overall risk classification of a given pipeline or pipeline segment can be established from Table 2. The LOCATION Indicator is the primary factor which determines overall risk, with the PRODUCT, VOLUME, and PROBABILITY OF FAILURE Indicators used to adjust to a higher or lower overall risk classification per the following table.
Table 2 - Risk Classification
|Risk classification||Hazard location indicator||Product/volume indicator||Probability of failure indicator|
|A||L or M||L/L||L.|
|B||Not A or C Risk Classification|
H = High M = Moderate L = Low.
Note: For Location, Product, Volume, and Probability of Failure Indicators, see Tables 3, 4, 5, and 6.
Table 3 is used to establish the LOCATION Indicator used in Table 2. Based on the population and environment characteristics associated with a pipeline facility's location, a LOCATION Indicator of H, M or L is selected.
Table 3 - Location Indicators - Pipeline Segments
|Indicator||Population 1||Environment 2|
|H||Non-rural areas||Environmentally sensitive 2 areas.|
|L||Rural areas||Not environmentally sensitive 2 areas.|
1 The effects of potential vapor migration should be considered for pipeline segments transporting highly volatile or toxic products.
2 We expect operators to use their best judgment in applying this factor.
Tables 4, 5 and 6 are used to establish the PRODUCT, VOLUME, and PROBABILITY OF FAILURE Indicators respectively, in Table 2. The PRODUCT Indicator is selected from Table 4 as H, M, or L based on the acute and chronic hazards associated with the product transported. The VOLUME Indicator is selected from Table 5 as H, M, or L based on the nominal diameter of the pipeline. The Probability of Failure Indicator is selected from Table 6.
Table 4 - Product Indicators
|H||(Highly volatile and flammable)||(Propane, butane, Natural Gas Liquid (NGL), ammonia)|
|Highly toxic||(Benzene, high Hydrogen Sulfide content crude oils).|
|M||Flammable - flashpoint <100F||(Gasoline, JP4, low flashpoint crude oils).|
|L||Non-flammable - flashpoint 100 + F||(Diesel, fuel oil, kerosene, JP5, most crude oils).|
|Highly volatile and non-flammable/non-toxic||Carbon Dioxide.|
Considerations: The degree of acute and chronic toxicity to humans, wildlife, and aquatic life; reactivity; and, volatility, flammability, and water solubility determine the Product Indicator. Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act Reportable Quantity values can be used as an indication of chronic toxicity. National Fire Protection Association health factors can be used for rating acute hazards.
Table 5 - Volume Indicators
|M||10″-16″ nominal diameters.|
|L||≤8″ nominal diameter.|
H = High M = Moderate L = Low.
Table 6 is used to establish the PROBABILITY OF FAILURE Indicator used in Table 2. The “Probability of Failure” Indicator is selected from Table 6 as H or L.
Table 6 - Probability of Failure Indicators
[in each haz. location]
|Indicator||Failure history (time-dependent defects) 2|
|H 1||>Three spills in last 10 years.|
|L||≤Three spills in last 10 years.|
H = High L = Low.
1 Pipeline segments with greater than three product spills in the last 10 years should be reviewed for failure causes as described in subnote 2. The pipeline operator should make an appropriate investigation and reach a decision based on sound engineering judgment, and be able to demonstrate the basis of the decision.
2 Time-Dependent Defects are defects that result in spills due to corrosion, gouges, or problems developed during manufacture, construction or operation, etc.