To fuel the world’s growing demand for natural gas and oil, pipelines must function safely and sustainably while maintaining operational integrity. Those principles are behind the American Petroleum Institute’s latest pipeline-related standards and established programmes, tailored to the needs of the natural gas, oil, and petrochemical industries worldwide.
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As the premier global standards setting organisation for the natural gas and oil industry, API, in collaboration with key industry stakeholders and often with US federal regulators, develops and maintains more than 800 standards to enhance operational safety, efficiency and sustainability. In all, 35 API standards directly address pipelines and related facilities, with another four 1st editions in development.
API standards are developed under API’s American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited process, ensuring that the standards are recognised for their technical rigor and third-party accreditation. This facilitates acceptance by state, federal, and a growing number of international regulators and national oil companies. In addition, API standards are already widely used voluntarily across industry because of their best-in-class standing. “API standards help the industry foster innovation, assure quality and reduce waste,” said Anchal Liddar, Senior Vice President for API’s Global Industry Services (GIS). “Implementing API standards in the pipeline sector can significantly improve safety and performance, bringing benefits to workers, communities, the environment and operators alike.”
While pipelines are the safest way to transport natural gas and oil, implementation of API standards is critical as pipeline and LNG infrastructure is expected to expand in North America and globally over the coming years in response to rising demand. In the US alone, LNG exports are projected to rise to 5.68 trillion ft3 by 2033, a 65% jump from current levels, according to the US Energy Information Agency.
Pipeline Safety Management Systems support operational excellence
API Recommended Practice (RP) 1173, Pipeline Safety Management Systems is a benchmark for the industry that integrates numerous API standards and is incorporated into industry safety programmes. While RP 1173 is specific to pipeline operations, safety management systems (SMS) have helped increase safety in other industries, such as aviation, nuclear power, and chemical manufacturing …
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