AMPP Issues Guide to Enhance Pipeline Safety via Corrosion Control

The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), the global authority in materials protection and performance, recently published “Guide 21569-2024, Guidance on Implementing Corrosion Control Methodologies to Align with New PHMSA Regulatory Procedures.”

The comprehensive document was developed by Standards Committee SC 15 — Pipelines and Tanks, and it is aimed at bolstering the safety and integrity of onshore gas transmission pipelines.

In response to revised federal pipeline safety regulations from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), AMPP's Guide 21569-2024 offers a detailed roadmap for pipeline operators to implement corrosion control requirements for onshore gas transmission, as required in Part 2 of the PHMSA Gas Mega Rule. 

PHMSA’s revisions encompass an array of enhanced safety measures, which include improved repair criteria, integrity management, cathodic protection, and management of change. All of these are intended to mitigate risks associated with pipeline corrosion while ensuring compliance with the most current safety standards.

“I’m very proud to have served as document project manager for this development team comprised of an incredible group of industry pipeline subject matter experts across the country,” says Kimberly-Joy Harris, a retiree from Enbridge Pipelines with more than 30 years leading pipeline integrity and corrosion programs, and vice chair of the AMPP Board of Directors. 

“Our main goal was to assist U.S. natural gas pipeline companies with a guidance document that aligns with the new PHMSA Regulatory Mega Rule requirements related to integrity management, repair criteria, cathodic protection, and management of change, all to prevent and reduce failures,” Harris adds. “In addition, this document will be very useful globally to assist pipeline companies with improving their integrity programs and reducing failures."

Guide 21569-2024 caters to U.S. gas transmission pipeline operators while providing critical insights for international counterparts aiming to improve their corrosion control measures. 

According to AMPP, this guide emerged from the industry's need for a cohesive approach to comply with new corrosion control, operations, maintenance, and integrity management regulations that went into effect for transmission pipelines placed into service after February 24, 2024. It presents practical strategies for incorporating these requirements while leveraging established practices to protect pipeline assets.

“Our project committee members and AMPP staff members did an amazing job working with the team through this process, and we were pleased to complete this project in record time, less than one year from initiation to publication,” Harris says.

For further details on Guide 21569-2024, visit AMPP Store — AMPP Guide 21569-2024, Guidance on Implementing Corrosion Control Methodologies to Align with New PHMSA Regulatory Procedures. 

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About AMPP

AMPP is a global community of professionals focused on the protection of assets and the performance of industrial and natural materials. Established in 2021 following a merger between NACE International and SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings, the new association unites 145 years of corrosion control and protective coatings expertise and service to industry and members worldwide. 

Today, AMPP is the world’s largest corrosion control and protective coatings organization, serving more than 35,000 members in over 140 countries. AMPP is headquartered in the United States with offices in Houston and Pittsburgh, along with additional offices in Brazil, Canada, China, Dubai (training center), Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. 

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