Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 – AM
The purpose of the panel is to open the discussion of what stakeholders (industry, landowners, regulators, researchers, general public) see for the future management of the integrity of the pre-1970 vintage pipe in areas affecting public safety and environment; and what we can do differently to avoid incidents. The expected end result of the discussion is to document the identified critical issues and the brainstormed high level strategies to effectively manage the integrity of pre-1970 vintage pipelines in populated and environmentally sensitive areas.
In recent years, North America has been experiencing high profile incidents on pre-1970 vintage pipelines affecting public safety and environment. Furthermore, supply and market growth has led to increased pipeline throughput. Strategies to effectively manage the integrity of the pre-1970 vintage pipelines in populated and environmentally sensitive areas are needed more than ever to meet the current societal safety expectations. Moreover, as time goes on, newly populated and environmentally-protected areas are increasingly encroaching on aging pipelines. Thus, the focus of risk management moves into the need to tackle all three of its components: likelihood of failure, consequence and risk. The management of these components must meet higher requirements to protect public safety and the environment.
Introduction: 08:30 – 08:45
Q&A: 09:45 – 10:00
Break: 10:00 – 10:15
Open Forum: 10:45 – 11:45
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 – PM
The purpose of this panel session is to exchange information on applications oftechnology and evolving regulatory requirements in damage prevention programs in the pipeline industry. This discussion panel will bring together industry associations, pipeline operators, regulators, service providers and researchers to review current and emerging damage prevention technologies, innovations and best practices.
Damage to pipelines caused by encroachment, excavation and construction activity posesignificant risks to public safety and the environment. Over the past decade, various emerging technologies in the areas of pipeline design and construction, equipment tracking, mapping and locating, identification and surveillance as well as communication, web-based and mobile systems have been developed andimplemented to reduce the occurrence of serious pipeline damage incidents.
Bob Kipp, Common Ground Alliance (CGA),
Warren Loper, Enbridge Pipelines
Introduction: 13:00 – 13:15
Q&A: 14:00 – 14:10
Break: 14:10 – 14:20
Q&A: 14:50 – 15:00
Break: 15:00 – 15:10
Q&A and Wrap Up: 16:00 – 16:20
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 – PM
The objective of this panel session will be to share views on how different parties within the oil and gas pipeline community envisage the future of an industry that faces the paradox of greater public expectations for safe pipeline operation and environmental responsibility while at the same time meeting economic demand for increased pipeline capacity. What are the strategies and common initiatives to handle this reality from different organizational perspectives?
Expected results include a documented list of key points raised during the discussions, suggested and existing strategies coming from different organizations, as well as ongoing and future initiatives on pipeline leak detection.
Leak detection is currently a key focus area within the oil and gas pipeline transportation industry and is being reviewed extensively by government regulators, operating companies and technology vendors. Regulatory bodies are exploring ways to push the industry to perform to a higher leak detection standard and many aspects of leak detection are being reviewed including proper front-end design, standardization, research and potential consideration of leak detection performance targets. There may be a future need for operating companies and EPC/EPCM contractors to adjust engineering and operational practices to comply with new requirements. This will also drive technology providers to identify new and innovative ways to go beyond the current limits and enhance the key performance indicators of leak detection systems including sensitivity, accuracy, reliability and robustness.
The panel presenters will deliver leak detection content relating to USA and Canadian regulations, pipeline operational challenges, technology research and the application of different technologies such as computational pipeline monitoring and external systems.
Renan Baptista, Petrobras
Ray Philipenko, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
Leak Detection Regulatory Perspective
Leak Detection Technology Review
Break: 15:00 – 15:30
Leak Detection on Gas and Liquids Pipelines – An Operators Perspective
Open Forum, Q&A and Closing Remarks: 16:30 – 17:00
Date: Monday, September 24, 2012 – PM
This panel will provide a forum that continues to facilitate the deployment and exchange of collaborative research among the Pipeline Research Council International (PRCI) Technical Committees and with research partners and other stakeholders. The goal of this panel session is to generate discussion on the direction and scope of R&D for the pipeline industry, including identification and prioritization of key research topical areas. The panel will provide an analysis of the gaps and needs in the North American and international pipeline research framework, and consider emerging conditions and trends in the industry that impact the R&D programs. The panel is also intended to address the role of government in the collaborative R&D environment, coordination of pipeline industry trade organization efforts and initiatives, and cross-over opportunities with other industries.
In support of global industry and government initiatives and the increasing focus in the pipeline community on research and development (R&D) programs, PRCI has sponsored a series of R&D Summits 2011 and 2012. The R&D Summits were organized to establish consensus and unified agreement of the top priorities for pipeline R&D and developing a process by which the top priorities can be addressed in a collaborative manner by the industry stakeholders. The R&D Summits have provided the forum needed to solicit input from industry experts with a diverse range of needs and interests, develop a framework to promote collaboration to meet the needs of the industry, and focus energy and resources on activities that have substantial impact and benefit. Another objective of the R&D Summits was to coordinate and align two separate industry initiatives - AOPL/API’s Pipeline Safety Improvement Areas (or PSIAs) for the liquids industry and the INGAA led-effort for the gas pipeline industry for Integrity Management Continuous Improvement (or IMCI). Each of these initiatives has identified pipeline research as a core component to further improving pipeline safety and achieving the ultimate goal of zero incidents. The R&D Summits have provided the basis for developing the pipeline industry R&D Roadmap, which is being completed by PRCI and is a key component of the PRCI Strategic Plan.
The intent of this panel session is to capitalize on the assembly of a world-wide, world-class group of technical experts attending IPC 2012 and confirm consensus on the direction and focus of the pipeline industry R&D Roadmap. The panel session will have a Question and Answer period for the audience to address the panelists and to provide input on the R&D Roadmap and best practices for collaborative R&D.
PRCI will facilitate the panel discussion and also provide opening and closing presentations. Included during the panel will be a series of questions that the audience will be asked to respond to using an automated hand-held polling system that will be provided to the attendees.
Mark Piazza, Pipeline Research Council International, Inc.
Introduction: 13:30 – 13:40
The introduction will introduce the panelists and include an opening presentation will describe the motivation behind PRCI’s drive to develop the pipeline industry R&D Roadmap and promote collaboration across the industry.
Panel Participants and Presentations:
Q&A: 14:50 – 15:00
Break: 15:00 – 15:15
Open Forum: 15:40 – 16:20
Closing Remarks and Wrap up: 16:20 – 16:30
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 – PM
To review the current status of risk and reliability methods in the onshore pipeline industry and discuss future direction for further utilization of these methods to promote safety. The multi-stakeholder discussion is intended to promote a common understanding on the role of risk based methods and the best way to apply them.
The application of risk-based methods has been discussed over the past few years with an overall goal to enhance safety and prevent serious failures. There is some consensus regarding the use of risk analysis in developing high-level integrity management programs, but little consensus regarding utilization of the approach as an engineering assessment tool for such applications as class and service changes or defect management. Factors contributing to this include the lack of consensus on approaches to define risk tolerance criteria and the apparent dichotomy between the desire to prevent all failures and the potential use of an assessment approach that acknowledges the risk of failure. The panel discussion will focus on the following topics:
Maher Nessim, C-FER
Jake Abes, DNV
Introduction: 13:30 –13:35
Break: 15:15 – 15:30
Open Forum: 15:30 – 16:30