PHMSA sets conditions for Enbridge to restart failed pipeline

The US Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Administration prohibited Enbridge Energy Partners LP from restarting a shut-down crude oil pipeline in Wisconsin until it submits a restart plan for the US Department of Transportation agency’s approval.

PHMSA issued a corrective action order on July 31 requiring a restart plan for the entire 467-mile pipeline segment as well as mechanical and metallurgical testing and failure analysis of the ruptured pipe, evaluation of previous in-line inspection results, and submission of an integrity validation and remedial work plan.

The pipeline operator also will be required to have an independent evaluator investigate the company’s integrity management plan for Line 14, PHMSA said.

Enbridge said on July 30 that restarting the pipeline would be evaluated once repairs were completed, which could occur possibly as soon as July 31.

Contact Nick Snow at nicks@pennwell.com.

Related Articles

China’s demand growth may make it globally dominant, speakers suggest

09/18/2014 China potentially could dictate terms as the fastest growing market in a world suddenly awash in potential oil and gas resources, speakers suggeste...

Spectra, NU announce New England gas pipeline expansion

09/17/2014 Spectra Energy Corp., Spectra Energy Partners, and Northeast Utilities (NU) plan to build the 1-bcfd Access Northeast natural gas pipeline expansio...

Senators offer bill to reform energy project cross-border permitting

09/16/2014 Four US senators—2 Democrats and 2 Republicans—introduced legislation to prevent extended delays of energy projects requiring a cross-border permit...

API official calls for end to nearly 6-year Keystone XL permit delay

09/16/2014 Three days before the sixth anniversary of TransCanada Corp.’s original filing for presidential approval of the proposed Keystone XL crude oil pipe...

Careers at TOTAL

Careers at TOTAL - Videos

More than 600 job openings are now online, watch videos and learn more!

 

Click Here to Watch

Other Oil & Gas Industry Jobs

Search More Job Listings >>
Stay Connected