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Interpretation Response #PI-75-060 ([Mountain Fuel Supply Company] [F. F. Bassani])

Below is the interpretation response detail and a list of regulations sections applicable to this response.

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Mountain Fuel Supply Company

Individual Name: F. F. Bassani

Location State: WY Country: US

View the Interpretation Document

Response text:

December 31, 1975

Mr. F. F. Bassani
Mountain Fuel Supply Company
625 Connecticut Avenue
Rock Springs, WY 82901

Dear Mr. Bassani:

This is in response to your request for an interpretation of Section 192.505. You asked, "After
performing a hydrostatic test of a portion of a new pipeline to 125 percent of M.A.O.P., would it
then be permissible to conduct a pressure test of a section of a new pipeline, which includes the
above-mentioned section hydrostatically tested, to a test pressure near 80 percent of SMYS using
natural gas as the testing medium?" Your letter states that the section to be hydrostatically tested
is located within 300 feet of four houses and the entire pipeline to be tested is in a Class 1
location.

As Lloyd Ulrich of our Office notified you by telephone on December 2, 1975, Section 192.505
implicitly prohibits a test with natural gas to a hoop stress of 30 percent or more of SMYS in a
Class 1 or Class 2 location where buildings intended for human occupancy are located within 300
feet of a pipeline. In such locations, Section 192.505 requires a hydrostatic test to a level of at
least 125 percent of maximum operating pressure. However, if the buildings are evacuated while
the hoop stress exceeds 50 percent of SMYS, air or inert gas may be used as the test medium.

Natural gas is not included in Section 192.505 as an allowable test medium to protect the public
where buildings intended for human occupancy are located within 300 feet of a pipeline.
Further, as indicated by Mr. Ulrich, the highest stress allowed in the pipeline at such a location as
described above while it contains natural gas is 72 percent of SMYS, and that stress is allowed
only when that segment of the pipeline has been successfully tested hydrostatically to a minimum
of 90 percent of SMYS. A test to that stress level would qualify that segment of the pipeline to
operate at a stress level of 72 percent of SMYS in a Class 1 location. Since 125 percent of 72
percent is 90 percent, the test would also satisfy the requirement in Section 192.505 concerning
testing so at least 125 percent of maximum operating pressure where buildings for human occupancy are located within 300 feet of the
pipeline.

I trust this answers your question. Thank you for your interest in pipeline safety.

Sincerely,

Cesar DeLeon
Acting Director
Office of Pipeline
Safety Operations

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.505 Strength test requirements for steel pipeline to operate at a hoop stress of 30 percent or more of SMYS