SAFETY REGS WOULD CUT OIL LINE CAPACITY 11%

According to the American Petroleum institute and the Association of Oil Pipe Lines, oil pipelines will lose 1.5 billion bbl/yr of their throughput capacity if the U.S. Department of Transportation adopts proposed safety standards, and the proposed changes will cost $500 million without contributing to public safety. The proposals would require pipelines to reduce their operating pressures to stress levels not exceeding 72% of the minimum yield strength of the pipe, based on minimum wall thickness rather than on nominal wall thickness. Pipelines would also be required to reduce operating pressures by eliminating the present 10% allowance in the B31.4 code for surges and other deviations from normal operations. The combined effect of these two proposals is a reduction in pipeline pressures of 18% and a total reduction in existing delivery capacity of 11%. To regain the lost capacity would necessitate building new pumping stations or loop lines.

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    Petroleum Publishing Company

    211 South Cheyenne, P.O. Box 1260
    Tulsa, OK  USA  75221
  • Publication Date: 1970-1-26

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 106
  • Serial:
    • Oil and Gas Journal
    • Volume: 68
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: PennWell Publishing Company
    • ISSN: 0030-1388

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Pipeline safety
  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Pipelines; Safety and Human Factors;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00056099
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 15 1974 12:00AM