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Meet the Natural Gas Distribution + Transmission Integrity Management PDT.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Regulatory Update: How are you getting ready?
Speaker: Joe Karney, Sr. Manager of Code Compliance, NW Natural
Join us to hear the latest on pipeline regulations stemming from PHMSA’s upcoming “Mega Rule”. We will discuss topics such as Moderate Consequence Areas (MCAs), “grandfathered” pipeline facilities, assessment and repair criteria, records verification, and MAOP guidelines.
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Qualitative and Probabilistic Risk Models, Data Driven Models for a New Era of Pipeline Safety
Speakers: CK Umachi, Pipeline Risk Management Engineer, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Mari Shironishi, Pipeline Integrity Manager, Southern California Gas Company
The first talk “Toward a Quantified Risk Assessment Approach”, presented by SoCal Gas, describes the benefits, challenges, and learnings resulting from a movement toward a quantitative risk assessment process, and provides examples of the framework and outputs at each stage of the development path. Particular focus will be paid to the risk assessment process in that it provides a mirror into the intersection of beliefs and practices within a company culture, more so than most other elements of integrity management.
The next talk, “Quantitative Risk Model Calibration and Continuous Improvement”, presented by PG&E, will focus on PG&E’s quantitative risk modelling process for its transmission pipelines and the steps PG&E is taking to continuously calibrate and improve the models. One of the most important components of a quantitative risk model is accuracy and in many cases bad numbers can be worse than no numbers.
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Unique Ways of Pigging
Speaker: Jim Levers, Manager in Pipeline Integrity Programs, New Jersey Natural
Come listen in on what it takes to make a pipeline system completely piggable. We will be discussing the challenges, associated costs, as well as the public safety/customer focus surrounding making gas pipelines piggable. In addition, New Jersey Natural will be speaking about how they took on this challenge and made their system completely piggable.
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Legacy Cross Bore and Material Traceability Programs
Speakers: Jason Walborn, Business Development, ProPipe
Carter Saline, Quality Specialist, Enbridge
This session will cover two vital topics. ProPipe will discuss the importance of Legacy Cross Bore Program and the ways of developing and implementing it most efficiently. Enbridge will provide a basic understanding of material traceability and its implementation across the natural gas industry. The discussions will show examples of successful programs.