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Interpretation Response #PI-85-009 ([Montana-Dakota Utilities Company] [Tony J. Finneman])

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

Interpretation Response Details

Response Publish Date:

Company Name: Montana-Dakota Utilities Company

Individual Name: Tony J. Finneman

Location State: ND Country: US

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Response text:

Mr. Tony J. Finneman

Corrosion Superintendent

Montana-Dakota Utilities Company

400 North Fulton Street

Bismarck, North Dakota 58501

Dear Mr. Finneman:

Your letter of September 23, 1985, asks the following question relative to 49 CFR 192.465(a):

Question: Will permanent potential monitoring test stations, placed throughout a steel gas distribution system which is completely welded (no couplings) and checked on a monthly basis, satisfy the annual "test for cathodic protection" requirement outlined in this section?

Your question has two different areas for consideration. These are the frequency of test under §192.465(a) and the use of "permanent potential monitoring test stations" to make adequate tests.

The requirement in §192.465(a) that, "Each pipeline that is under cathodic protection must be tested at least once each calendar year, but at intervals not exceeding 15 months, to determine whether the cathodic protection meets the requirements of §192.463," is a minimum requirement. You may conduct these tests more often. The more frequent testing of once a month would comply with the frequency requirement of §192.465(a).

Section 192.469 External Corrosion Control: Test stations governs test stations for use under §192.465(a):

"Each pipeline under cathodic protection required by this subpart must have sufficient test stations or other contact points for electrical measurement to determine the adequacy of cathodic protection."

If in conducting the tests of cathodic protection, you test at sufficient test stations per §192.469 and demonstrate compliance with §192.463, then the testing would also comply with the requirements of §192.465(a).

We hope this adequately responds to your question.


Richard L. Beam

Chief, Pipeline Safety Regulation Division

Office of Pipeline Safety

Regulation Sections

Section Subject
192.465 External corrosion control: Monitoring
192.469 External corrosion control: Test stations