Important Standards Announcements
API Standard 521, Pressure-Relieving and Depressurizing Systems, provides guidance, recommendations, and alternatives for the design of pressure-relieving and vapor de-pressuring systems at liquefied natural gas terminals, petrochemical facilities, gas plants, and other petroleum production facilities.
API MPMS Chapter 8.6, Refrigerated Light Hydrocarbon Fluids—Sampling of Liquified Natural Gas—Continuous and Intermittent Methods, outlines good procedural steps required to accurately measure Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) and convey this information along the supply chain.
API Recommended Practice 571, Damage Mechanisms Affecting Fixed Equipment in the Refining Industry, has been published to provide guidance to pressure equipment integrity personnel. The RP will help in overall management of pressure equipment integrity from identification of damage to conducting examinations.
API Recommended Practices 1182 and 80 have been published in conjunction to enhance safety and operational efficiency of large diameter gathering pipelines. RP 1182, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Large Diameter Rural Gas Gathering Lines is complemented by the 2nd edition of RP 80,
API Standard 650, Welded Tanks for Oil Storage, Thirteenth Edition, has been published to ensure the safety, sustainability, and environmental performance of oil storage tanks. The updated standard will help continue operational excellence and trust between operators and manufacturers.
API Recommended Practice 1169, Pipeline Construction Inspection, 2nd Edition, has been published to improve safety and sustainability during a pipeline’s construction activities. The latest update outlines issues pipeline inspectors should review during construction, with a new emphasis on creating effective working relationships between operators, inspectors, and contractors. The scope of covered activities is also expanded in the 2nd Edition to cover all aspects of pipeline construction.
The API Standards: International Usage and Deployment report demonstrates the role industry standards play in the development and spread of technologies and products used around the world to enhance environmental, health, safety, and sustainability. The report analyzes how 17 economies in energy producing regions use API’s technical standards as the basis for government regulations and safety programs. The report is focused broadly on the use of API standards across all segments — not only in national laws and regulations but also in policy guidance, national standards, technical manuals, and industry practice.
API Recommended Practice 15WT, Operations for Layflat Hose in Oilfield Water Applications has been published to drive safety and environmental protection for those operations which use layflat hoses. The new recommended practice addresses the safe use of hoses at upstream operations and ensures operators are using equipment that can maintain integrity when transporting water. RP 15WT also addresses risk management evaluations, use of integrity management devices, storage, and more.
The 4th edition of API Recommended Practice 75, Recommended Practice for a Safety and Environmental Management System for Offshore Operations and Assets, provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a safety management system (SEMS) for offshore oil and gas operations. The new edition expands the reach of SEMS globally, to contractors and sub-contractors, as well as acknowledges advancements in technology and advancements to improve risk management.
The Integrity Management (IM) standards can help ensure the continued reliable and efficient operation of offshore production platforms, including facilities designed to produce oil and natural gas and export liquefied natural gas (LNG).
These new recommended practices (RP 2MIM, RP 2RIM, and RP 2FSIM) add to API’s suite of existing IM standards, which address the critical need of adopting a systems level approach when developing and operating offshore facilities.