Cross Country Pipelines
Pipeline Group created in the year 1986 is responsible for all matters pertaining to the safety in operations of Pipeline under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The functions of Pipeline Group include :
- Developing industrial standards that encourage the safe and environmental friendly pipeline transportation system.
- Carrying out external safety audits (ESA) of pipelines & SPMs under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas and giving recommendations about safety in the operation and maintenance of pipeline & SPMs.
- Monitoring of ESA recommendations periodically and to see that the recommendations are properly implemented in a planned manner.
- Carrying out pre-commissioning safety audits (PCSA) of newly laid pipelines and facilities.
- Investigations of Accidents related in Pipeline Industry.
- Conducting workshops for enhancing awareness about safety in pipeline Operation, Inspection and Maintenance.
- Maintaining liaison with the industry members as may be required to carry out its tasks.
- Issue of consent to operate for existing as well as new SPMs being installed.
Cross Country Pipelines
The Pipelines Group conducts external safety audits of pipelines. The areas covered in pipeline audit includes all the pipelines and facilities which are used for transportation of liquid hydrocarbon, LPG and Natural Gas from one point to another except plant piping within the limits of isolation valves of the plant. The periodicity of carrying out first two ESAs is 3 years and subsequent ESA is at an interval of 5 years. During ESAs, the findings of the committee are forwarded to the CMD of the operating Company as recommendations and the operating company is required to implement those recommendations in a time bound manner in order to ensure the safe operation of pipeline.
Pre-Commissioning Safety Audits are carried out for all newly laid pipelines and facilities.
ESAs ( External Safety Audits) of SPMs
The Pipelines Group conducts external safety audits of SPMs including off/onshore pipelines. The areas covered in audit includes all the pipelines and facilities which are used for transportation of liquid hydrocarbon from SPM to respective shore tank farms. The periodicity of carrying out ESA is at an interval of 5 years.
The recommendations of external safety audits are being monitored by the pipeline group so as to ensure maximum safety of pipeline / SPM operation. At present, the periodicity of monitoring is quarterly which is done by receiving quarterly reports from the industry. The reports are sent to Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas for their information. The status of implementation of the recommendations is also reviewed in Steering Committee Meetings and in Safety Council Meeting. Generally it is ensured that recommendations given in an ESA are complied within 2 years from the date of submission of report.
The pipeline industry under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas is required to inform all the accidents to OISD. The members of pipeline group are associated in enquiry committees. The enquiry committees look into the causes of accidents and give appropriate recommendations so as to avoid accidents of same or similar nature in future. These recommendations are circulated among the members for maximum awareness. The pipeline group receives quarterly incident reports from the industry and analyses the reports. The findings, if any, are circulated among industry members.
The pipeline group conducts workshops pertaining to safety in pipeline operation for exchanging the views and knowledge among different industry members. The subject and the venue are circulated among the members for receiving maximum nominations from the industry.
Preparation Of Standards
OISD has published standards related to safety in design, construction, operation and maintenance in oil and gas industry. The Pipeline Group in association with experts from the industry publish / amend the standards which are necessary to ensure sound pipeline transportation system.
OISD is not a source of maps for various pipelines in India. The related information can be had from individual oil industry operating the pipelines.
OISD is not a source of information on the economic viability of the pipelines under operation or in project stage. The individual oil industry operating the pipelines are responsible for evaluating economic operation of the pipelines under their jurisdiction.
|Crude Pipeline||10234 KMS|
|Gas Pipeline||13194 KMS|
|Product Pipeline||13594 KMS|
|LPG Pipeline||2312 KMS|
The above does not include pipelines operated by private & JV companies.
|Public Sector||11 Nos|
|Private Sector||9 Nos|
|Joint Ventures||3 Nos.|