Canadian Codes for Marine Oil and Gas Terminals

Canada has a history of codes developed and adopted specifically for the petroleum and natural gas industry from the early 1990s, in anticipation of offshore development. The current practice for the design of marine oil and gas terminals in Canada is to use design criteria based on a combination of U.S. and Canadian codes. The use of multiple codes and standards with different load factors and/or different resistance factors is problematic because it deviates from the standards of reliability design associated with the use of a single suite of codes that are interlinked based on research. Canada has adopted the CAN/CSA-ISO 19900 series of standards for the design and assessment of offshore structures, specifically for the petroleum and natural gas industry. These are essentially amended versions of the ISO 19900 series. The CAN/CSA-ISO 19900 series appears to be most applicable for loading conditions, analysis and design of marine oil and gas terminals. This series provides an almost all inclusive suite of codes for structural design, minimizing the ambiguity and challenge associated with using different load factors and/or different resistance factors originating from entirely different codes. Furthermore, these codes have been adopted by the Canadian authorities as National Standards of Canada. This paper presents a comparative study of Canadian and International codes and presents CAN/CSA-ISO19900 series of standards as one possible option for use in design of marine oil and gas terminals in Canada. The conclusions are presented in the form of a hierarchy of applicable Canadian codes, loads and load combinations, resistance factors, seismic provisions, and other provisions essential to marine oil and gas terminals design. It should be noted that the conclusions presented in this paper are for reference only and should be verified prior to use. The scope of the study was limited to evaluation for steel structures only.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Pagination: pp 173-182
  • Monograph Title: Ports 2016: Port Planning and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01604100
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784479919
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2016 3:03PM