PROPS receives voluntary pipeline activities report
PROPS Committee member Jan Hansen inspects sample pipe.
As part of an ongoing arrangement with CIRCAC, Cook Inlet Energy (CIE) submitted their voluntary pipeline activities report to the Prevention, Response, Operations and Safety (PROPS) Committee at a March 20th meeting in Kenai.
CIE Environmental Manager Karen Brown and Production Engineer Christi Parkinson fielded questions from the committee as they explained the activities, inspections, tests, and upgrades under way with their Alaska assets. These include the Osprey Platform, Kustatan Production Facility (KPF), West Foreland Gas Field, West McArthur River Production Facility (WMRU), 30 percent interest in 3 Mile Creek Field (operated by Aurora), and the North Fork Unit (NFU) and Pipeline acquired in 2014.
Brown and Parkinson distributed a sample of composite pipe that CIE is using to replace 6.3 of the 7.4 miles of steel. The material is a glass fiber epoxy and piggable for cleaning and will be used cross country, with steel pipe near roads and inhabited areas. This will be the first time this glass epoxy is used in Alaska. CIE also informed the Committee that the Osprey pipeline was smart pigged in 2014.
CIE's most recent pipeline activities included an offshore pipeline sonar survey in 2013, Osprey pipeline scour survey and subsea inspection in 2014, NFU pipeline test dig and hydro-test in 2014, NFU right-of-way and gas leak detection survey, inline inspection of offshore pipelines, cathodic protection survey, process hazards analysis revalidation for KPF and WMRU, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC) audit for offshore pipelines. Smart pigging all three offshore pipelines in 2014 turned up a couple of features requiring further investigation. CIE is updating their manuals to reflect the ADEC audit's recommendations.
The PROPS committee also reappointed two public members whose terms were set to expire: Jan Hansen and Robert Reges.