Composite wrap approved for U.S. gas-pipeline repairs

Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor The U.S. agency that oversees pipeline safety has taken the unusual step of waiving certain natural-gas pipeline maintenance regulations and permitted a group of gas-pipeline operators to perform repairs with a patented composite wrap formerly used only on liquids lines. The Department of Transportation's Research & Special Programs Administration (RSPA) issued the waivers in April for the Clock Spring composite wrap produced by Clock Spring Co., Houston. The waivers are subject to conditions and to future performance evaluations. The waivers refer to two sections of the federal code governing natural-gas pipeline ...

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