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A Canadian Operator Based Framework for Pipeline Pressure Tests: Lessons Learned

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Nicole-Lee M. Robertson

Pembina Pipelines Corporation, Calgary, AB, Canada

Bob Campbell

In-Line Pigging Solutions, Calgary, AB, Canada

Paper No. IPC2018-78666, pp. V002T02A008; 9 pages
  • 2018 12th International Pipeline Conference
  • Volume 2: Pipeline Safety Management Systems; Project Management, Design, Construction, and Environmental Issues; Strain Based Design; Risk and Reliability; Northern Offshore and Production Pipelines
  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 24–28, 2018
  • Conference Sponsors: Pipeline Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5187-6
  • Copyright © 2018 by ASME


Commissioning pressure tests are a critical life-of-asset record. Successfully achieving an acceptable pressure test can be challenging both at an execution and documentation perspective. This paper aims to assist in streamlining the approach to pipeline commissioning pressure tests between operators to increase efficiency and drive consistency across the pipeline industry. Key lessons learned from the planning stages through to the quality control turnover are highlighted. Lessons learned, respective to pressure tests, include: road map of Canadian regulations, tabulated equipment requirements, suggested instrumentation setup, template checklist for test plans, outlined company to contractor responsibilities, as well as a proposed internal process to manage and accept completed tests.

Copyright © 2018 by ASME
Topics: Pressure , Pipelines



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