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Regulatory and Code Updates for July 2015

Every month RAE produces a short summary of important changes to regulations and codes that may impact our clients. The following are the updates from the month of July:

The 2015 editions of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code were released and are available through the ASME website or through subscription services such as techstreet and IHS. The ASME BPVC is the primary reference for boiler and pressure vessel design and construction and is referenced in one form or another by most North American jurisdictions as the standard in the boiler and pressure vessel discipline. The ASME BPVC also contains sections on materials and welding that are referenced by other construction codes beyond those covering boilers and pressure vessels, for example the ASME B31 codes on pressure piping and the API 650 code regarding storage tanks.

Last month ABSA released an Information Bulletin regarding AB-512, and the following week the new AB-512 and AB-512(b) checklist were released on the ABSA website. The new edition of AB-512 is reorganized and has several new requirements and recommendations.

ABSA updated AB-31, the design registration application form to include two new checklists. One checklist, AB-31A, ensures that the minimum requirements are being met by the submission for pressure vessel submissions. The other, AB-31B, does the same for pressure piping submissions.

ABSA updated AB-506, Inspection and Servicing requirements separating out LPG plant storage and vessels in propane service.

Alberta Municipal Affairs re-released a variance to the Gas Code Regulation, VAR-GAS-01-13 Rev 1 as the previous revision expired June 30th. This variance allows for non-certified gas-fired equipment used for process applications in petroleum refineries, petrochemical plants, and upstream oil and gas sites to be inspected and accepted by a Professional Engineer. Historically many pieces of fired process equipment used in industry were engineered either to American standards or simply to good engineering practice and not CSA B149.3, as this equipment did not fall under the Gas Code. As the regulations changed this equipment became subject to the Gas Code, and now must be inspected and accepted in accordance with it. To facilitate this a variance was issued allowing Professional Engineers to inspect and accept the equipment in lieu of a certification body or inspection body.

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