API Continues to Lead on Safety During Pandemic
John D. Siciliano
Posted August 27, 2020
Despite the pandemic, API has moved forward with dozens of new safety standards, covering everything from liquefied natural gas (LNG) to pipelines, to manufacturing specifications for offshore wells – ensuring that safety and scientific rigor, through API’s standards program, remain front and center.
We have used this challenging time to help ensure that the natural gas and oil industry is focused on safely and sustainably meeting both the domestic and global need for energy through API’s world-class standards program.
For instance, one of our most recent significant standards focuses squarely on ensuring the U.S. LNG market continues to grow and thrive, while ensuring a cleaner energy future. The new standard, included as Chapter 8.6 of API’s Manual of Petroleum Measurement Standards, helps LNG suppliers safely and accurately measure both the quality and energy content of the natural gas being sold and exported. This is the first step in developing standards that help undergird the global switch to more natural gas and lower emissions.
Recent development of the U.S. LNG export market has been an unprecedented success story for both the environment and the economy. Growing natural gas production has allowed the U.S. to meet its natural gas needs while lowering greenhouse gas emissions to levels unseen in a generation. And API’s standards will help ensure that this momentum continues far into the future.
The energy market will be rebalancing later this year, and API plans to be fully prepared to use its standards program to keep natural gas and oil suppliers both safe and competitive as demand recovers. In fact, the Energy Information Administration’s latest projections from August show LNG exports beginning to rise again at the end of the year, with demand turning up by mid-2021.
New API standards will also help ensure safety at an array of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) facilities, including both marine and onshore pipeline terminals, natural gas processing plants, refineries, petrochemical plants, and tank farms. API Standard 2510 promotes the use of good engineering practices during design and construction of these facilities. The standard also supports environmental protection by accounting for the risks from potential fires and spills. LPG is a highly sought-after commodity, with everyday uses ranging from heating and cooling homes to commercial refrigeration and keeping food fresh.
API also released two new standards to help ensure the safe operation of gathering pipelines, which are key pieces of infrastructure used to move natural gas from production sites to treatment plants, and then to the larger interstate pipelines that deliver the fuel to customers. We want these lines to be as reliable and safe as possible for our workers and the communities that host development.
We have also updated manufacturing specifications for the large steel equipment used at onshore and offshore production sites. It is important that the equipment the nation relies on for energy production can weather the environmental extremes that the industry faces on a day-to-day basis, on land and at sea.
It is important that the industry remain vigilant during these challenging times, and developing standards that promote a safe and sustainable work environment to maintain energy leadership is one important way we’re doing that.
Remember, API standards are developed under the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited process, which means the process used to develop API standards is recognized for its technical rigor as well as its third-party accreditation that requires transparency, balance and consensus.
Please visit our website for more information on API’s open and transparent standards development process.
About The Author
John Siciliano is a writer for API Global Industry Services’ Marketing and Communications Department. He joined API after 14 years as an energy and environment reporter and editor. Most recently, he was senior energy and environment writer for the Washington Examiner and the Daily on Energy newsletter. He began full-time reporting in Washington in 2001 as a foreign affairs correspondent, also covering national security and defense. His coverage of the Mideast and Saudi Arabia led him to become a full-time energy reporter. He earned a bachelors degree in psychology from Ohio Northern University, and he also holds a Masters of Science degree in education from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.