PHMSA Mega Rule

In 2020, the Pipeline Hazardous Materials and Safety Administration (PHMSA) implemented the Gas Mega Rule, doubling the onshore gas transmission regulations.

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Experts in the Mega Rule

We assist pipeline customers in each part of the new regulation. Our range of non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection services is well suited to meet the three-factor requirements, and our world-class safety management teams work with our technicians to ensure you meet all of the included standards. Oil & gas must ensure they meet operating requirements completely. The new rule encompasses several facets of the midstream process to ensure personnel and environmental safety. It can be broken down into three parts:
  • Operators must test all pipelines for Maximum Allowable Operating Pressure (MAOP) with comprehensive records to verify. There are also new requirements for the frequency of sampling and testing.

  • There are now new repair requirements for High Consequence Areas (HCAs) and non-HCAs, and operators must inspect pipelines within 72 hours of an extreme weather event. Additionally, regular pipeline integrity management must be performed. Leak detection systems must be expanded and accommodate inline inspection tools.

  • PHMSA now has greater authority to issue emergency orders for unsafe conditions or faulty pipe components. Pipeline operators must understand pipeline safety threats, HCAs, and Moderate Consequence Areas (MCAs).

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