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PHMSA Issues New Pipeline Safety Requirement for Shut-off Valves

Understanding PHMSA rulings on CFR 49, Revisions to Sections 192 and Section 195

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) has revised the Federal Pipeline Safety Regulations applicable to most newly constructed and entirely replaced* onshore gas transmission Type A gas gathering and hazardous liquid pipelines with diameters of 6 inches or greater. In short, operators of these lines will be required to install rupture-mitigation valves (RMV), such as remote-control or automatic shut-off valves, or alternative equivalent technologies. The ruling, which goes into effect on October 5, 2022, further establishes minimum performance standards for the operation of RMVs to prevent or mitigate the public safety and environmental consequences of pipeline ruptures.

This is a critical ruling for our gas utilities, midstream transmission and upstream gathering customers, as well as for the safety of our communities. As market leaders in the valve and automation space, MRC Global’s shelves are stocked with essential inventory that complies with low-emission industry standards, and we are already assisting customers in meeting these new regulations in a safe and timely manner. We have all configurations available, including pneumatic, hydraulic, electric and electro-hydraulic fail safe actuation capabilities. Whatever your system requires, MRC Global has the solution on our shelves.

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*Entirely replaced pipeline is defined as 2 or more miles of pipeline being replaced in a system of 5 contiguous miles within a 24-month period.