Beyond compliance: Creating a new norm in gas pipeline leak management

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05/28/2014 by Power & utilities
Beyond compliance: Creating a new norm in gas pipeline leak management

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In the new norm, leak survey is no longer viewed simply as a compliance activity—it is integrated with risk assessment, work identification, and investment planning to transform integrity management and enhance pipeline safety.

Gas pipeline leak management

PwC explores the impact of
technology on leak management.

The focus on pipeline safety has never been greater than it is today. New and revised regulations are elevating pipeline safety requirements—grandfathered pipe is being eliminated, for example, and integrity management requirements are being expanded in CFR Title 49. In addition, events such as the March 2014 building collapse in New York City are fueling public demands for heightened safeguards. The question before utilities therefore is: How to effectively deploy the new technology to position leak survey as a key enabler of pipeline safety and achieve a new norm in leak management?