Commitment to Safety

 

Texas Gas will ensure the Northern Supply Access Project facilities are designed, built and operated with safety always paramount.  Texas Gas is committed to operating its pipelines safely.  Texas Gas’ well-trained employees work hard to ensure the company complies with all rules and regulations.

 

Design and Construction

Texas Gas’ pipeline system is designed and built in accordance with the pipeline safety standards established by industry experts and the Department of Transportation (DOT).  Some of the safety measures included in the design and construction of the proposed facilities are:

 

  • Design:  Employing numerous modern technologies and materials, safety will be built into the Project’s compressor station.

 

  • Construction:  Texas Gas’ pipeline and other facilities are monitored by qualified inspectors during the construction process and the Northern Supply Access Project facilities will be no exception.  Before installation, the yard and station piping, gas cooling equipment, and compressor station material will be carefully inspected to ensure that it meets quality standards mandated by DOT.  On-site construction inspectors will then ensure compliance with applicable codes and standards at all phases of the installation. 

 

  • Welding:  All welders on the Project must have passed stringent qualifications tests.  All welds on the yard and station piping will be required to pass visual and other non-destructive tests before the facility is placed into operation.

  

  • Strength Testing:  Before being placed into operation, the yard and station piping will be hydro-tested – pressurized with water to a level that exceeds the stress at which the pipeline will operate.  This procedure will ensure the strength and integrity of the pipe before being placed into service.

     

Safety Systems and Monitoring

Once the Northern Supply Access Project facilities are in operation, employees in Gas Control will monitor the flow of gas through its compressor stations and the operations of its equipment 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  Gas Control operators can react quickly to address any event that may occur.

 

Inspections

Periodic inspections of the facilities will help Texas Gas detect a potential problem and address it before it becomes an actual problem.  The inspections include surveys for detecting signs of leaks or other problems.

 

Operator Qualifications Program

All operation and maintenance personnel must meet minimum standards for qualification.  Texas Gas’ operators are trained and capable of performing safety and maintenance tasks, recognizing abnormal operating conditions and responding to those conditions.

 

More Safety Information

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America:  www.ingaa.org

Southern Gas Association:  www.southerngas.org

Department of Transportation – Office of Pipeline Safety:  http://phmsa.dot.gov/pipeline