Integrity MANAGEMENT                                                  

 

Boardwalk has developed and implemented a pipeline Integrity Management Plan which enables us to prioritize inspection activities, assessments and evaluations of pipeline integrity issues, and to complete improvements and other preventive and mitigative measures.

 

Goals and Objectives

 

The Department of Transportation's Office of Pipeline Safety has enacted regulations prescribing requirements for gas and hazardous liquids integrity management programs.  Ensuring the integrity of gas and liquids pipeline systems is the primary goal of these regulations.  Our Integrity Management Plan was developed to comply with those regulations and to assist us in providing safe and reliable gas and hazardous liquids transportation services without adversely affecting the public, our customers, our employees and the environment.  This program is intended to meet the requirements of integrity management programs required under Title 49 CFR 195.452 and CFR 192 Subpart O of the federal pipeline safety regulations and well as applicable state pipeline safety regulations in Louisiana and Texas.

 

Our Integrity Management Plan provides for the comprehensive, integrated and systematic management of pipeline transmission lines located in high consequence areas (HCAs) or could affect HCAs.  This program expands and builds on existing procedures and practices in developing additional processes to assess and mitigate risks on our pipeline. 

 

Principles

 

We have adopted a set of integrity management guidelines that are engineered into new pipeline systems from initial planning, design, material selection, installation and initial inspection and testing.  We follow the applicable laws and regulations as well as use numerous consensus codes and standards in order to meet this requirement for new pipelines as well as managing the integrity of the pipelines over their life cycle.  In addition, we have developed policies, plans and procedures which are also used to meet this requirement.

 

Commitment

 

System integrity requires the commitment by all operating personnel to use systematic, comprehensive and integrated processes to safely operate and maintain the pipeline systems. It also ensures that the company uses appropriately trained and qualified personnel for risk management and pipeline integrity activities.

 

Evaluation

 

The Integrity Management Plan will continue to evolve and improve as new information about the pipeline and new technologies become available.  Periodic evaluation and review will be conducted to ensure that the program takes advantage of improvements in technologies and that the program utilizes the appropriate prevention, detection, and mitigation methods.  The effectiveness of the various methods will be reassessed and modified over time to ensure the continuing effectiveness of the program and all its activities.

 

Data Integration

 

The integration of information is recognized as a key component for managing system integrity and is required by DOT's regulations.  Information that can impact the understanding of the important risks to a pipeline system comes from a variety of sources.  We are committed to analyzing pertinent information in order to effectively manage pipeline integrity.

 

Risk Assessment

 

We have developed a risk assessment methodology and will use that methodology to determine the types of adverse events or conditions that may affect pipeline integrity.  The process will also be used to rank the pipeline segments for further assessment by considering the likelihood and consequence of an adverse event.

 

Review

 

We will continually gather new and/or additional information regarding system integrity obtained as a result of ongoing maintenance and work experience.  The Integrity Management Plan will be reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that this information is integrated into the plan.

 

Assessment Plan

 

We have completed the identification of the HCA locations along our pipelines and have developed a multi-year baseline and re-assessment plan per the requirements of the regulations.  Assessment methods may include in-line inspection, pressure testing, and direct assessment.

 

Communication

 

Consistent with ASME/ANSI B31.8S requirements, we are committed to communicating information regarding our integrity management efforts and results of integrity management activities to company personnel, jurisdictional authorities, and the public as appropriate.