Steam Pipeline Testing Updated

Steam Pipeline Testing Updated: 2011 CSA Z662 Standard

Does your company include pipeline industry professionals such as pipeline managers, engineers, technologists, or QC inspectors who need to stay current on industry standards?

You may have seen that the 2011 edition of the CSA Z662 Standard, covering the design, operation, and maintenance of Canada’s oil and gas pipeline systems is available. Providing guidance on changes to the code since 2007, some of the most significant differences relate to weld procedure development for oilfield steam distribution piping.

Here are a few of the highlights.

(1) Testing of individual welding consumables is no longer required. Now the aggregate weld joint must be tested in accordance with the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, additionally requiring that results include yield strength.

(2) Important changes are included governing the use of high performance plastic piping.

(3) Includes significant revisions relating to incident reporting and engineering assessments, integrity management program guidelines, and safety & loss management systems.

Since you or your company might not have a lot of extra time to spend staying up to date on the standard, you may want help reviewing your steam pipeline welding procedures and ensuring compliance with the current CSA code requirements. A licenced professional engineer in Manitoba can provide specific guidance from the updated standard based on the projects your company is working on.

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