Operators of hazardous liquids pipelines are usually aware that they need a leak detection system compliant with API 1130.  If a pipeline operator uses a Computational Pipeline Monitoring (CPM) system this is true and the vast majority of leak detection systems currently installed or sold in the USA are CPMs including all of those currently sold by Atmos.

To demonstrate compliance, operators must prepare a compliance statement defining how their leak detection system is compliant with specific clauses covering all of the following areas:

  • Instrumentation
  • SCADA
  • Maintenance
  • Control room procedures
  • Alarm management
  • Testing
  • Leak detection system software

There is often the assumption that a leak detection system will come with an API 1130 compliance statement or certificate but because the recommended practices (RP) covers many more aspects than the leak detection system itself they do not.  The responsibility is on the pipeline operator to demonstrate compliance and significant documentation, procedures and training must be in place to do this.

Atmos offers the following services for leak detection program regulation compliance.

API 1130

Compliance with AP 1130 Design and implementation of leak detection systems is a requirement in both Canada and the United States. Services available:

  • Bespoke program compliance including
    • Compliance statement
    • Necessary procedures
    • Testing programs
    • Training
  • Gap Analysis
  • Rescue programs: Provided when an audit is pending and an operator needs assistance. This will start with a gap analysis and include the aspects required to fill the gaps.

API RP 1175

Compliance with API RP 1175: framework for Leak Detection Program (LDP) management for hazardous liquid pipelines to include selection, performance monitoring, and improvement of leak detection systems is not yet a requirement in the USA but many companies use this as the starting point for generating a leak detection program and as best practice. The API RP is referenced in the Canadian CSA Z662 appendix E. Services available:

  • Bespoke program compliance including
    • Compliance statement
    • Necessary procedures
    • Testing programs
    • Training
  • Gap Analysis
  • Rescue programs: Provided when an audit is pending and an operator needs assistance. This will start with a gap analysis and include the aspects required to fill the gaps

CSA Z662 Annex E

CSA Z662: Oil and Gas systems, Annex E: Sales quality hydrocarbon pipeline leak detection is the standard that must be followed in Canada. Note that API 1130 and API RP 1175 are both referenced in the latest version. Services available:    

  • Bespoke program compliance including
    • Compliance statement
    • Necessary procedures
    • Testing programs
    • Training
  • Gap Analysis
  • Rescue programs: Provided when an audit is pending and an operator needs assistance. This will start with a gap analysis and include the aspects required to fill the gaps.

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