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Important Standards Announcements

API Recommended Practice 1160, 3rd Edition

The American Petroleum Institute has released the third edition of API Recommended Practice 1160 (RP 1160), Managing System Integrity for Hazardous Liquid Pipelines, which provides a process for establishing safe pipeline operations, including  robust assessments of potential risks and establishment of systems to safely and sustainably manage them throughout day-to-day operations

The third edition of RP 1160 incorporates recent industry experience about pipeline mechanics, while embracing a rigorous, proactive approach to safe pipeline operation (API RP 1173). This will help pipeline operators build a safe, contemporary, and comprehensive integrity management system. Additionally, the document contains references to leading industry publications, such as pipeline leak detection (API RP 1175), assessment and management of cracking in pipelines (API RP 1176), integrity data management and integration (API RP 1178), and hydrotechnical hazards for pipelines located onshore or within coastal areas (API RP 1133).

API Recommended Practice 54, 4th Edition

The American Petroleum Institute has released the fourth edition of Recommended Practice 54 (RP 54), Occupational Safety and Health for Oil and Gas Well Drilling and Servicing Operations, which provides procedures for promoting and maintaining safe and healthy working conditions for personnel in drilling and well servicing operations.

The document applies to rotary drilling rigs, well servicing rigs, and special services as they relate to operations on location. First published in 1981, significant revisions in this edition of Recommended Practice 54 include a new section on flowback operations which is key for safe well testing, revised requirements for facility and site process hazard assessment and mitigation, and introduction of formal risk assessments as well as expanded provisions for offshore operations.

API SPECIFICATION 6A, 21st EDITION

We are pleased to announce the publication of the 21st edition of Specification 6A, Wellhead and Tree Equipment. This new edition provides technical updates that have reached consensus within API’s Subcommittee on Valves & Wellhead Equipment and will now give industry consistent practices in these respective areas of the standard. These updates are reflective of API’s standards program mission to provide a forum for development of consensus-based industry standards, and technical cooperation to improve the industry’s safety performance and competitiveness.

API Specification 5L, 46th Edition

This new edition provides technical updates that have reached consensus within API’s Subcommittee on Tubular Goods and will now give industry consistent practices in these respective areas of the standard.  These updates are reflective of API’s standards program mission to provide a forum for development of consensus-based industry standards, and technical cooperation to improve the industry’s safety performance and competitiveness.

API Specification 5CT, 10th Edition

These new editions provide technical updates that have reached consensus within API’s Subcommittee on Tubular Goods and will now give industry consistent practices in the respective areas of the standards